The Island

Just came from watching the movie … and thought I’d add my two cents …

I won’t go into what the movie is all about, because it will spoil it for you …

The theme of the movie is not apparent immediately … and takes till sometime before the interval to sink in …
Me giving a hint will spoil it for you …

Instead, I’ll talk about the other aspects of the movie and the reasons why you would want to watch it in the first place …

The Movie Starts
The first thing that hits you when the movie starts is that it is slick … slick, slick, slick …
Futuristic technology, a lot of reflecting surfaces, lots of ’show off’ camera angles …
The fast paced ’Italian Job’ kinda music … the works …
The overall theme feels like a mix of Italian Job, I Robot, a lot like Minority Report … and some places like National Treasure …
There is nothing that hasn’t been done before …

The concept …
The concept that the movie plays around with is, very, very interesting … and as you will later realise, makes about 50% of the reason you should watch this movie …
This is a Sci-fi, all out action movie … and if you’re a sci fi fan, you should probably check it out …

Cast and crew
The movie is directed by Michael Bay … the same guy who did Pearl Harbour …
The similarity is obvious … coz this movie too, turns into a masala Hindi movie by the time it ends …
It could have ended a lot, lot better … but sadly, ending feels like a cliched masala Bollywood flick, only with a lot more gizmos going on and a lot of jazz …

The leading actor is Ewan McGregor who does a decent job … but the other 45% reason for going for the flick is because of Scarlett Johansson …
Who, I must admit … doesn’t do much except play a very lost, confused girl … but looks absolutely stunning while playing the part …
Yup … I’d give it 45% of the reason for watching this movie …

The rest of the cast do justice to their role …
The bad guy (Sean Bean) plays your regular bad guy …

Djimon Hounsou ( also Constantine ), does his part well … and so does Steve Buscemi who also played supporting roles in Desperado and Armageddon …

Cinematography
As I had said before … the movie plays slick … and I reckon, its a bit too slick for its own good …
The director just goes into this ’show off’ mode and the entire movie is just cuts and swishes and chase cams … which could be done without …
At the end, you just get sick of them … and whine everytime another helicopter fly by scene happens …

There is a lot of running and chase scenes with shaky camera angles … which seems to be the defacto standard nowadays …

Music
The music is so so …
Nothing very great … and gets somewhat loud at times …
You can sense gladiator kinda theme at places …

Action Sequences
This is an action movie … and there are tonnes of sequences …
Many of them very well done …
But all of them lack that adrenaline rush … no edge of the seat action here …

USP
The unique selling points of this entire flick are, as I said before … the concept and Scarlett Johansson …
If you’re a sci fi fan … this movie is probably worth your 50 bucks …

Enjoy :)

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