FRIDAY REVIEW

Thorough entertainer

THOUGHT PROVOKING: Of clones and sponsors.

THOUGHT PROVOKING: Of clones and sponsors.  

The Island Genre: Sci-fi action-adventure Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean Director: Michael Bay. Storyline: A couple of `harvested' clones escape their simulated environment and fight for their freedom. Bottomline: Fast food for thought.

You just cannot leave your brains behind when you watch Michael Bay's `The Island.' It has to be among the most thought-provoking flicks that he's ever made.

Yes, there are chases choc-a-bloc, endless explosions and guns going off like there's no tomorrow but between all that, the screenplay gives you a fascinating premise of clones questioning their existence as `products' bred in a special facility cut off from the world, only to cater to their sponsors should they need an organ or two.

But to put it in context, `The Island' may not be entirely original (screenplay: Caspian Tredwell-Owen).

One escapes and is chased as he tries to expose the facility. The premise apart, every other scene in the film is distinctly Michael Bay stamped with his signature pace that ensures that you get what you stepped into the theatre for: entertainment.

The special effects are among the best we've seen recently.

Ewan McGregor in a dual role, lends the film some of his character and charm, as Lincoln Echo Six, the first clone in the facility to suspect there's something wrong with his environment.

The chemistry between him and Scarlett Johansson makes it that much more interesting, especially when you know that their minds are only as developed as that of 15-year-olds.

`The Island' had the potential to be as philosophical and profound as 'The Matrix,' but it simply chooses not to. Hence, it does not tax your brain too much, just teases it a little and goes down fighting, all guns blazing.

SUDHISH KAMATH

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