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20 August, 2005

Film review: The Island

The Island (2005), starring Ewan MacGregor and Scarlett Johannson, on recently at cinemas here, is an interesting story set in a futuristic city surrounded by desert, which few inhabitants see as they are unable to venture outside due to environmental pollution. Most of the people in this city wear white costumes, they receive education which often leaves a lot to be desired and most spend their days working in high tech jobs.

For entertainment, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs, but close mixing between the genders is discouraged by the authorities. The most exciting diversions are regular lotteries, with the most exciting prize being a new home on a magical, fantasy island. However, the plot begins to take off when a couple of residents grow suspicious at the endless delays in getting a home on this wondrous, paradaisical island.

Verdict: A super film, with plenty of action, and definitely worth seeing.

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16 Comments:

Anonymous Mohamed Elzubeir said...

Nicely done. I was actually 'watching' a review of the movie. The review pretty much said it was disappointing. The concept of the movie itself isn't exciting enough for me (I prefer reading sci-fi stuff over watching it -- the movies rarely do what books do for me in this genre).

Though, I wonder, after the endless of bashing of KT (and rightfully so, they are possibly the worst UAE-based publication I've seen), why link to them?

20 August, 2005 22:19  
Blogger monkey16667 said...

Hmmm. Does this movie sound like a certain place that we are closely aquainted to?? I think so.

20 August, 2005 22:29  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Mohamed: I didn't find the film disappointing, perhaps because I'd read so many negative reviews. Two serious observations are:

1. The action sequences are far too long, the film could do with 20-30min chopped out of it (it's around two hours)

2. Some of the less violent sequences are among the most horrific things I had ever seen, really remeniscent of Nazism/Mengele, mainly in the clinical way (not gory) that they were done.

However: their inclusion is for sheer sensationalism, because to imply that a society able to clone humans within a few months is not able to anaesthatise or euthanase properly is ludicrous. Just use a quick shot of morphine ffs, no need to strap someone's feet down and show them writhing in agony.

20 August, 2005 22:33  
Anonymous c.eligans said...

I agree, that big guy getting cut up and then trying to escape was sick. The film on the whole was still OK to watch, and Ewan is always good value ("Why is my insurance policy sitting on my fuckin' sofa?").

21 August, 2005 07:47  
Blogger marwan said...

Isn't this film awfully similar to THX 1138?

21 August, 2005 09:13  
Blogger Hurricane_ said...

I thought the STORY was very disappointing but the action was worth the money.
I agree with FEED YOUR HEAD.

21 August, 2005 09:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of asian cinema but really enjoyed The Rising. Good thing is that its not 'white bashing' as many other 'period' flicks are. It had the traditional indian cinema song and dance routine (what were them two women dancing together for?) but wsa manageable.

The movie has a serious plot - about the first indian uprising againt the East India Company in 1857 - so dont be expecting a happy ending. Great movie, if the subject appeals to ya.

Gilberto

21 August, 2005 10:02  
Blogger marwan said...

Perhaps the Palm could enhance its futuristic appeal by taking a leaf from Mike Bay and inducing all the residents to wear matching overalls (star trek pjs also accepted)...


Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

21 August, 2005 10:32  
Blogger arfiman said...

I had a good chuckle with that - well put together, sometimes I think you have waaaay too much time on your hands!

Nice premise to the movie, lots of unbelievable action sequences - sure fire winner!

21 August, 2005 14:45  
Blogger Smokey Mirror said...

BRILLIANT parallel review SD!

21 August, 2005 14:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, i dont think shes talking about the movie here - the point is there is a subliminal parralel to "our favorite number 1 city" (as KT puts it).

By the way - saw the Rising - great movie.. didnt understand if al the choreographic dancing actually happened in India though.

21 August, 2005 16:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

secret: i wasnt quite entertained by todays blog. I know you can come up with better..

keep up the good stuff.

21 August, 2005 16:19  
Anonymous Luke the grudging admirer said...

mmm...SD ... kudos girl...

21 August, 2005 18:10  
Anonymous samuraisam said...

"Bahrain is a conservative country - what people in other parts in the world consider as fine art we consider as cheap art."

wow, talk about trendsetting.

This is the part where you say, no one cares what you think! thats why its called art. bunch of frikking idiots.

i love the way how whenever anything like this happens, they always act as if the whole country is with them.
lol.

22 August, 2005 02:14  
Anonymous samuraisam said...

ignore above comment.

was meant for other posting.

damn tabbed browsers.

22 August, 2005 02:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh..ishtara u naughty thing
;)

22 August, 2005 21:08  

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