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Blockbuster action director Michael Bay delivers a striking look at a strange world of the future in this sci-fi action drama. Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo Ewan McGregor lives in a confined indoor community after ongoing abuse of the Earth has rendered most of the planet uninhabitable. One of the only places in the outside world still capable of sustaining life is an idyllic island where citizens are chosen to live through a lottery. Or at least that's what Lincoln and his fellow citizens are...
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Blockbuster action director Michael Bay delivers a striking look at a strange world of the future in this sci-fi action drama. Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo Ewan McGregor lives in a confined indoor community after ongoing abuse of the Earth has rendered most of the planet uninhabitable. One of the only places in the outside world still capable of sustaining life is an idyllic island where citizens are chosen to live through a lottery. Or at least that's what Lincoln and his fellow citizens are taught to believe; the truth is that Lincoln, like everyone he knows, is actually a clone who is kept under wraps to provide needed organs when the person who supplied his or her DNA falls ill. When he becomes aware that his existence is a fraud, Lincoln escapes to the outside world with a fellow clone, Jordan Two Delta Scarlett Johansson, though the powers that be are determined to see that no one gets away alive. The Island also stars Steve Buscemi, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Sean Bean.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Michael Bay ; The future in action; The making of The Island ; Pre-visualization: Forward Thinking
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Roundly panned by critics and slighted by moviegoers who paid too much attention to the negative buzz, this futuristic action thriller didn't really get a fair shake at the nation's box offices. Granted, The Island is a little slow to get going and unnecessarily confusing in spots, but it's hardly the unmitigated disaster its detractors claimed. Ewan McGregor stars as Lincoln Six-Echo, one of the innumerable residents housed in a hermitically sealed community during the mid-21st century. Like his neighbors and co-workers in this highly regulated society, Lincoln hopes to win the lottery that awards passage to a utopian island rumored to be the last uncontaminated spot on Earth. This ordered society holds a dark secret, however, and when Lincoln discovers this he stages an escape with fellow resident Jordan Two-Delta Scarlett Johansson -- and then the fun really begins. Pearl Harbor director Michael Bay, no stranger to overblown, noisy, and explosive action sequences, works his magic on the third act of this exposition-heavy yarn, which kicks into gear with McGregor and Johansson's elaborate escape. There's a mystery element to The Island that, while not terribly difficult to unravel, shifts the focus away from the seemingly allegorical import of the film's earlier section. It also heightens the suspense; once viewers know the secret of the island, they become more emotionally vested in the safety of Lincoln and Jordan. At times the whole thing seems pretty foolish, but that's where the skillful supporting turns of Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, and Djimon Hounsou come in: their earnest performances in small but important roles lend much-needed credibility to the picture. The end result is an entertaining if minor action film with sci-fi trappings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • UPC: 097360828948
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Time: 2:16:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Lincoln Six Echo, Tom Lincoln
Scarlett Johansson Jordan Two Delta, Sarah Jordan
Sean Bean Merrick
Steve Buscemi McCord
Djimon Hounsou Albert Laurent
Michael Clarke Duncan Starkweather
Phil Abrams Harvest Doctor
Max Baker Carnes
Eamon Behrens Censor
Troy T. Blendell Laurent Team Member
Katy Boyer Harvest Surgeon
Yvette Nicole Brown Harvest Nurse
Michael Canavan Extraction Room Doctor
Alex Carter Censor
Don Creech God-Like Man
Kevin Daniels Censor
Lew Dauber Tour Group Man
Kevin Dorman Lincoln Double
Whitney Dylan Client Services Operator
Svetlana Efremova Harvest Midwife
Chris Ellis Aces & Spades Bartender
Siobhan Flynn Lima One Alpha
Trent Ford Calvin Klein Model
Grant Garrison Censor
Taylor Gilbert Harvest Nurse
Mary Pat Gleason Nutrition Clerk
James Granoff Sarah's Son
Wendy Haines Harvest Nurse
Tim Halligan Institute Coroner
James Hart LAPD Officer
Kenneth Hughes Censor
Rich Hutchman Dept. of Operations Supervisor
Mark Christopher Lawrence Construction Worker
Brian Leckner Censor
Shelby Leverington Tour Group Woman
Richard V. Licata Board Member
Mitzi Martin Atrium Tour Guide
James McBride Laurent Team Member
Kevin McCorkle Laurent Team Member
Gonzalo Menendez Dept. of Operations Technician
Darren Mitchell Censor
Glenn Morshower Medical Courier
Gary Nickens Laurent Team Member
Randy Oglesby Harvest Surgeon
Marty Papazian Censor
Don Michael Paul Bar Guy
Kathleen Perkins Laurent Team Member
Ethan Phillips Jones Three Echo
Craig Reynolds LAPD Officer
Robert Sherman Agnate in Pod
Jimmy Smagula Extraction Room Technician
Shawnee Smith Suzie
Phil Somerville Censor
Brian Stepanek Gandu Three Alpha
Eric Stonestreet Ed the Trucker
Ryan Tasz Censor
Sage Thomas Girl at Beach
Noa Tishby Community Announcer
Ben Tolpin Extraction Room Technician
Olivia Tracey Dept. of Operations Agnate
Kirk Ward Censor
Richard F. Whiten Laurent Team Member
Ray Xifo Elevator Agnate
Kelvin Han Yee Censor
Ashley Yegan Stim Bar Bartender
Blake Neely Conductor
Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director, Producer
C. Mitchell Amundsen Cinematographer
Melissa Barker Stunts
Kenny Bates Associate Producer
Ivan Bates Stunts
Eric Bermender Producer
Jon Billington Art Director
Eddie Braun Stunts
Maria Brill Producer
Bob Brown Stunts
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Ian Bryce Producer
Joe Bucardo Stunts
Derrick Carlin Animator
Chris Carnel Stunts
Phillipe Carr-Foster Camera Operator
John Cenatiempo Stunts
Denise Chamian Casting
Brian Christensen Stunts
Matthew Cohan Associate Producer
Doug Coleman Stunts
Nancy Collini Costumes/Costume Designer
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Simon Crane Stunts
Kevin Derr Stunts
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer
Danny Dirks Costumes/Costume Designer
Wade Eastwood Stunts
David Emmericks Camera Operator
Richard Epper Stunts
Tom Erickson Stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Heidi Fugeman Associate Producer
Betsy Glick Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Grisham Stunts
Jean-Denis Haas Animator
Tom Harper Stunts
Mark Harper Stunts
Lee Anne Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Hartline Stunts
Sean Haworth Art Director
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Chris Howell Stunts
Remote Control Productions Incorporated Sound Mixer
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Paul Kavanagh Animator
Steve Kelso Stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. Stunts
Henry Kingi Stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. Stunts
Andrea Knaub Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Korengold Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Krueger Stunts
Alex Kurtzman Screenwriter
Aric Lasher Set Decoration/Design
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Brock Little Stunts
Billy Lucas Stunts
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Wesley Mandell Animator
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Matt McColm Stunts
Maurice K. McGuire Camera Operator
Josh McLaglen Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Alan Meyerson Sound Mixer
Christopher Mitchell Animator
Carrick O'Quinn Stunts
Roberto Orci Screenwriter
Allan Padelford Stunts
Erik Pampel Producer
Carl Paoli Stunts
Walter Parkes Producer
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Mark Powers Animator
Nick Provenzano Producer
Anthony Randolph Producer
Rex Reddick Stunts
Jay Rennie Animator
Troy Robinson Stunts
Paul Rubell Editor
Steven P. Saeta Associate Producer, Production Manager
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Scott Animator
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Kirk Shimano Producer
David Shirk Animator
Rich Sickler Asst. Director
Stefan Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Sony/Cary Grant Theatre Sound Mixer
Bill Young's Precision Driving Team Stunts
Heba Thorisdottir Makeup
Caspian Tredwell-Owen Original Story, Screenwriter
Michael Trisler Stunts
Fred Usher Stunts
Christian Wagner Editor
Kevin Wallace Producer
Shelly Ward Stunts
Mel Wesson Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Whist Art Director
Andy Wong Animator
Robert Woodruff Set Decoration/Design
Jack Wright Costumes/Costume Designer
Merritt Yohnka Stunts
John Zdankiewicz Animator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brought to you my Microsoft

    Put simply: This is a stupid movie that cost a lot of money, brought to you by Microsoft and numerous other sponsors. The sci-fi concept is interesting the problem is that Bay forced it into a hyperactive action movie. But if it doesn't have at least ten car chases and a hundred explosions, it's not a Bay film. This is definitely a Bay film. My first problem I will forgive: he pushed the sci-fi idea just far enough to make a formula plot, falling short of any thoughtful social statement--but what did I expect, it's a Bay film. The second problem is unforgivable: Product placement. You mean to tell me that in fifty years, Microsoft is still using the same logos? The placement was so ridiculous that in one scene there's a close up of a fancy beverage that McGregor swigs. The bottle then takes the center of the shot and upstages McGregor and his clone (you gotta try real hard to do that). I was just waiting for him to say "refreshing, and tastes great too!" The movie was alright from an action packed, interesting-idea-that-doesn't-make-you-think-to-much point of view. As for plot and character...not so refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    I actually didn't see this movie in the theater because I listen

    I actually didn't see this movie in the theater because I listened to a friend who said it wasn't good. I caught it on cable, and now it's one of my favorite movies. It's story is unique and interesting; the kind of movie that keeps you looking at the details. The more you watch it, the more details you look for. I highly suggest this movie for men who are looking for an action movie to watch with their girls. Much like Equilibrium, Lincoln takes an emotional journey that I think many women wished their men who love action films would learn how to take. And, like some of the others who posted, this did remind me a little bit of Logan's Run. The classics never die.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    “It's always the same dream - I'm on a boat, headed to The Island.”

    I had the opportunity to watch this film the other day and though it was okay. I’ve took it as another movie that has something desperately to say along with a long line of other frustrating Hollywood thrillers. There are a number of things that is good here but the bad brings down the entire experience. The underlying problem with this movie is Michael Bay. He has missed the mark yet again. The Island starts out as an engaging, entertaining Sci-Fi film. Then, about halfway through, it gets Bayified. Guns, explosions, chases, and actors yelling "run" over and over again. The movie starts out in a futuristic world where everybody dresses alike, lives in a contained environment, and believe that their only salvation is the prospect of getting to 'The Island', the only place in the world where life still flourishes. Well, as we all should know by now, "life finds a way". Lincoln, played by Ewan McGregor, starts to get curious about who he is and why he lives the way he does. Why can't he have bacon? Why is Tuesday always tofu night? Why does he always have to wear white, even after Labor Day. He has a "friendship" with Jordan, played by Scarlett Johannson. This could have been a movie in itself as these characters begin to understand who they are, or what they are, and why they live the way they do. Instead, about 30 minutes into the film, Lincoln discovers the big secret, grabs Jordan, yells "run!!", and the Michael Bay film begins. Don't get me wrong I love action, but it's like Orange Juice, it's much better smooth and pure, than processed and stagnant. So, what's good in this movie? First, McGregor is good as both Tom Lincolns and you can tell them apart base on blond highlights. Secondly, I liked the fact that they realized that 2019 isn't that far away, so L.A. looks different, but not that different. There are familiar buildings, cars, brand names, etc. Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan and Djimon Honsou are all solid, not surprisingly. The movie has some funny moments, such as Lincoln getting worried when he's told his friend is "in the can". I know film-making technology has really come along way, but the scenes involving both Lincoln characters are so well done that you forget there's only one actor on the screen. What was bad to me in this film was Scarlett Johannson. I though she was completely wasted in this movie. It is by no means her fault. There is no character for her to play. The movie literally could have existed without the character of Jordan. She's bascilly there to look good in each scence. I liked Honsou as the tough, no nonsense operative out to retrieve the missing clones, but of course there ends up being more to his character. Otherwise, Honsou never would have been in this movie. And of course, there's the Bay factor. There are only so many times that characters can survive car wrecks, and falls from great heights, and bullets just missing them. It just gets old, and the box office reflects that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underrated

    This movie was sadly underrated and underpromoted. Is it high art? Of course not, but it does have more heart and brains than any other action movie released in the last decade. Scarlet Johannson was wonderful as Jordan Two Delta, but once again it is Ewan McGregor as Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln who steals the picture. The scenes where the sponsor and clone interact show just how good an actor McGregor is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!!

    This movie did not get the headlines it deserved! Imaginitive, amazing, spectacular. Often confusing, but that just adds to the overall picture! Amazing movie--Ewan McGreggor: fabulous as usual, same to Scarlett Johansson. AMAZING, WORHTH EVERY PENNY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not bad...

    Reminded me of sort of a combination of Logans Run and The Matrix. Clones for 'batteries' or 'organ donors' kept in a giant, secret, weird area, fed false memories. One doesn't tell them where they were, one doesn't tell them where they are going. Enjoyed it, but it was predictable given the other 2 movies. Didn't like Steve Buscemi in his role.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was a really good movie.....

    The international movie-goers got what the U.S. people did not. This was a really good movie and why it did not go over as well in the U.S. as it did elsewhere is beyond me. Ewan McGregor is wonderful as usual. The premise is interesting and makes one think. It's an action movie with an interesting story. If you didn't see the movie at the theaters, you WILL enjoy this at home. It is worth the price of admission.

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