Directed by Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, Ethan Phillips, Brian Stepanek, Noa Tishby and Sioban Flynn.
As futuristic movies about human organ-producing farms go this one could effortlessly be topped. As a rule, science-fiction thrillers tend to pose lots of questions, be filled with intrigue and keep the viewer somewhat mentally engaged - if so then a new genre must be demanded for the not-so-slick high-action movie 'The Island'.
Lincoln Six Echo (McGregor) and Jordan Two Delta (Johansson) are blissfully unaware of the kind of lives they truly lead. Confined to an enclosed, controlled environment, their every move is monitored by their keepers. But what at first seems like a future utopia hides a grim business.
Lincoln and Jordan are merely products in an organ-producing farm, where clones house human tissue for eventual harvesting. Made to appear human and act like people in every other way, the clones' feelings and memories are conditioned by their holders, headed up by a shrewd leader (Bean). But (and you'll never see this one coming) there's always a chink in the chain, and so the bosses soon discover that some of their products have developed minds of their own, most notably Lincoln and Jordan - who are beginning to develop deep feelings for each other.
Inside the farm, the goal of every white jumpsuit-clad product is to win the lottery, not for financial gain but for a ticket to escape from the factory in which they live and a chance for freedom on 'The Island'. Yes, it's all very reality television show-like, expect in this compound 'Big Brother' seems very lax on security.
Fitted with chips that monitor their every move (except when the products are browsing around control rooms at their leisure), Lincoln seems to be the only product who questions his environment enough to actually investigate what's really going on.
With more loopholes than decent plotlines 'The Island' makes you question the logic of making the film far more than the story it is trying to depict. That said, you could somehow easily sit there for two hours and find this quite inoffensive, a tame offering with plenty of eye candy to keep both male and female audiences happy, but you'd really have to suspend belief at the cinema doors. However, if it's purely a bit of mindless action you're after then the chase scenes might keep you watching.
Luckily for all involved, this is the kind of movie that you could watch in a very apathetic manner and only realise afterwards that you actually disliked it. And that's really the only 'strange but true' element to the film.