Reviewers split over razzle-dazzle of 'The Island'

July 26, 2005

"The Island," directed by Michael Bay, was released this past weekend. Herald-Mail teen writers Lauren Tatro and Michael Kozlowski reviewed the movie for the NEXT page.

Lauren: Grossing just over $12 million, "The Island'" has gotten some pretty bad reviews. Personally, I liked the movie until its last 10 or 15 minutes. The ending was just a filler for time with bad cinematography and cheesy music that didn't seem to fit. It was definitely a movie for guys done by guys, with a touch of romance enough to satisfy the girls.

Mike: This film is filled with many eye-catching moments and surprising scenes. Michael Bay has yet to disappoint me with his action-packed films. I have come to believe that I am one of the only ones who actually enjoys the movie (a so-called flop).

Lauren: I did enjoy the movie, but those "eye-catching moments and surprising scenes," as Mike called them, happened a little too often for me. Apparently, critics on Web sites such as and agree with me on that one.


"The Island" was filled with a lot of explosions, loud noises and an intimate scene - between Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), when they finally experience human "urges." Lincoln and Jordan are clones in the 21st century who were literally made to be spare parts for their sponsors, Tom Lincoln and Sarah Jordan. But they have no idea what they are until ... . Well, I won't spoil it. But you should check this movie out for yourself.

Mike: To be honest, this was one of the most interesting story lines that I've come across in a long while. It's almost scary, if you look at progression in technology, how close "The Island" could be to becoming real. Experiments already have focused on cloning, and not only animals but humans as well.

In spite of other rumblings, "The Island" is a movie I can't wait to buy on DVD.

"The Island"

Rated PG-13

136 minutes

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