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The Island - Preview

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 Harbor anyone?)

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 Bean.

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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