Preview by: Jack Foley
MICHAEL Bay has been responsible for some of the most shamelessly
enjoyable action movies of recent years (The Rock, Bad
Boys 2), as well as some of the most rotten (Pearl
The Island marks his latest blockbuster but is notable for lacking
the presence of his usual collaborator, Jerry Bruckheimer.
Due for release in the middle of the 2005 summer season, The
Island stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as two clones
who go on the run after discovering that they are nothing more
than just spare parts for rich people.
The action thriller takes place, you see, in the not-too distance
future, when wealthy Americans can have themselves cloned, with
the option of using their clones for organ transplants.
Joining the production is an impressive support cast, including
Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan and Sean
For Bay, the movie represents an oportunity to direct a futuristic
sci-fi thriller, but he insists that it is in no way geeky.
"It's weird to say it's a movie
about clones, as I don't even like the word clones. It makes it
sound geeky. But the movie's not geeky in any way," he told
US magazine, Entertainment Weekly.
"It's a lot different from my other movies in that they've
always started with a bang," he continues, when promoting
the film to Premiere magazine.
"This is one of those movies where you need 15 minutes to
get all the twists, and then the audience is going to be like,
'what the fuck is going on'?"
Whether they will be doing this in a positive or negative way
remains to be seen, however, given Bay's previous track record
for 'what the fuck' style screw-ups.
Nevertheless, the film does boast an impressive cast, with Johansson
taking to the action genre for the first time.
She admits she has never had to do so much running in a movie
yet enjoyed the physical challenge.
"I've been hurtled across strange, dimly lit alleyways and
had to lie on the back of a flying motorcycle," she proclaimed,
excitedly, during a recent interview.
I have to confess, we're quite looking forward to it.
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