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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 136 minutes, audio commentary, action sequences featurette

STUDIO: Dreamworks/ Warner Brothers

RELEASE DATE: 12-14-2005

Color me surprised that Michael Bay has actually directed a very good sci-fi movie. THE ISLAND has action, but the script builds an interesting story with compelling questions. The first hour builds the plot before turning into an action movie. THE ISLAND isn't a loud MTV movie like the films Bay directed for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Bay actually gets to deliver a decent movie. THE ISLAND resolves around two people Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson) who believe they're in a future where the outside is a wasteland except for a place called The Island where only those selected by the Lottery can go. Lincoln discovers the truth and knows Jordan is slated to be killed since she won the Lottery. They escape the high tech complex to discover a world unlike they have ever known. The big realization is that they're clones. Merrick (Sean Bean),

the doctor watching over them sends a mercenary team (led by Djimoun Hounsou) to bring the two clones back dead or alive because he can't risk the society of 2050 United States knowing he is raising clones and letting them live until their originals need a replacement organ. THE ISLAND is a scary view of the future and looks into the ethics of cloning. Would we have the right to create clones if they had life experiences and wanted to live as much as we do even though we need their organs? Don't miss out on one of the best sci-fi films of 2005.

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, English Captions

The transfer is fantastic, vivid, and sharp. The dialogue is clear while the amazing score is beautifully displayed.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The audio commentary with director Michael Bay provides an interesting track about the movie's production and marketing. He wished he could have reshot the climatic fight sequence, had to fight for some scenes to be in the movie, and thought Warner Brothers did a better job promoting THE ISLAND overseas. A behind-the-scenes featurette looks at the freeway action sequence (and other action scenes) and the many elements that went into it.

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE ISLAND is one of the best sci-fi films of 2005 that Dreamworks poorly promoted and now it is the chance for the film to be redeemed in the USA on DVD.

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