Michael Bay has earned his spot with me of one of the directors whose products I'll always have to check out. How could he not be when he made one of my all-time favorite flicks with "Armageddon"? This is the same cat who also gave us "The Rock" and the upcoming "Tranformers" movie. So even when one of his pieces isn't critically acclaimed, I still have to check it out because of his proven track record.
"The Island" is yet another one that I've had in my collection for a LONG time. I was watching my show "World Series of Pop Culture" when Scarlett Johannson was one of the answers and it reminded me I hadn't yet seen it.
If you're watching it without knowing anything about it, there is a bit of a twist to it. Personally, I was a little lost at first trying to figure out what was going on then cheated and read the box. It's basically a group of "people" at a hi-tech compound who are clones of people in he real world. They are bred there for their real-life counterpart for farming so that if something ever goes wrong with the real person, they can use the clone's body parts.
This movie could have almost been called "Attack of the Clones". When the clones find out they're being used for farming, naturally, they're pretty hot. And the way they present clone breeding is pretty interesting, but I like the way it was done in the actual "Attack of the Clones" better.
I like Ewan McGregor's work; however Amistad (Djimon Honsou) does the best work here, playing a mercenary with a heart. The more I think about it, it was all three of them that made this worth watching (Obi Wan, Amistad and Scarlett).
This won't be quite the classic that some of Bay's other movies are with me. And as with all of his action movies, there are a couple of scenes of ridiculously over the top action. Nevertheless, it was a fun ride that I enjoyed. It's making me even more anxious for the eventual "Transformers" release.
My rating: B