"You're special. You have a very special purpose in life. You've been chosen. The Island awaits you."The Island
is a 2005 film by Michael Bay
set Twenty Minutes into the Future
starring Ewan McGregor
as Lincoln Six Echo
and Scarlett Johansson
as Jordan Two Delta. They live in a tightly controlled facility for "survivors" from a vague disaster that rendered the Earth uninhabitable except for "The Island", a paradise on Earth. Periodically, survivors "found" in the outside world are brought in, needing to learn basic skills like reading, while others "win the lottery" and get to go to the island.
It turns out they're all clones
that will be used for spare parts
as part of a life-insurance policy, and those sent off to The Island are killed
. When Lincoln starts getting dreams from his original
he gets curious and stumbles across a harvesting procedure, he goes back to rescue Jordan and the two escape to the outside world.
Many fans consider this an unofficial remake of Parts The Clonus Horror
, since both share far too many similarities to be coincidence (in fact, the director of Parts
sued and won an out-of-court settlement). It also seems to have echoes of Logan's Run
. Also notable for being one of the many
movies in which Sean Bean
is a bad guy.
If you are looking for the novel by Elin Hildebrand, click here.
The Island provides examples of:
- Acting for Two: Tom Lincoln and Lincoln Six Echo. Technically, Sarah Jordan and Jordan Two Delta, though the Calvin Klein advertisements featuring Scarlett Johansson weren't specially shot with The Island in mind.
- Affably Evil: Dr. Merrick and the original Tom Lincoln.
- Brick Joke: Dr. Merrick injects microprobes into Lincoln near the beginning of the film, and says that he will pass them through his urine. Later Lincoln is seen standing in front of of a urinal, groaning.
- While you can hear something going CLINK CLINK CLINK in the Urinal.
- Chekhov's Skill: Jordan's ability to recognize that Lincoln is lying. Both Lincolns
- City in a Bottle
- Cloning Blues
- Color Wash: Orange and Teal (see poster at top of this page)
- Cool, but Inefficient
- Cool Car: Lincoln's "real" self designs them as well as boats, which his clone dreams about and are our first clue that something's up.
- Evil Brit: Dr. Merrick — he's played by Sean Bean, so of course.
- Expendable Clone
- Eye Scream: Lincoln is injected with microprobes near the beginning of the film, which enter via the eye sockets.
- Fish out of Water: Lincoln and Jordan after escaping, they have no concept of how anything in the real world works.
- Genetic Memory: How Lincoln can drive all the cool vehicles in the movie, and mimic Tom Lincoln's Scottish accent with impeccable accuracy.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot- Lincoln uses crowbars and hand-to-hand combat to fight while Jordan uses guns. Even though she was shown to be superior at the combat simulator.
- Hollywood Atheist: James McCord, Steve Buscemi's character, who introduces the concept of religion to them:
Lincoln Six-Echo: What's "God"?
McCord: Well, you know when you want something really really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God's the guy who ignores you.
- Human Resources: It's revealed that the "survivors" who are being groomed to repopulate the eponymous Island are really the clones of rich and famous people, used for organ donations and giving birth.
- Insistent Terminology: All the workers in the compound refer to the clones as "products", and think about them this way as well, leading to some heartless exchanges like this one:
Doctor: You mean you want to destroy $200 million worth of product?
(i.e. kill thousands of sentient humans.)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Steve Buscemi plays one, befriending Lincoln and helping him after escaping despite great reservations.
- Kick the Dog: Dr. Merick gets to do this repeatedly, mostly to create dissonance between things he says (e.g. telling investors that their spare parts do not come from sentient humans) and what he does (heartlessly killing a clone who actually likes being there while praising him for the human trait of curiosity).
- Let's Meet the Meat: Quoted with darkly amusing and unnervingly apt effect by Buscemi's character "Well, just because people want to eat the burgers doesn't mean they want to meet the cow."
- Meaningful Name: Lincoln Six Echo emancipates the clones.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya
- Name's the Same: As a 2006 Pavel Lungin film whose title, Ostrov, translates to The Island.
- Nobody Poops: Averted, as part of a Brick Joke.
- No Sex Allowed: Inside the community of clones. Subverted in the outside world...
- Now What?: All right, the good guys win. But where will they go and what can they do with no legally recognized ID, no previous contact with civilization, and little to no knowledge of the world outside? Good question. This may also count as an Esoteric Happy Ending.
- Oh Crap: When it is discovered that the dead Lincoln is the original Tom Lincoln and not the clone.
- The Outside World: The first act takes place in an underground bunker, inhabited by people who believe the world has been devastated some vague disaster, with their bunker and a paradise-like place called 'The Island' from which no-one ever returns to be the only remaining bastions of human civilisation. The protagonists, Lincoln and Jordan, escape the bunker when they learn that it's a People Farm where the inhabitants are cloned and harvested for their organs, and discover that the outside world is fine.
- People Farms
- Private Military Contractors: Merrick hires a Blackwater Expy to hunt down the clones.
- Product Placement: Probably one of the most blatant examples in movie history: why are there ads for KFC and Microsoft in a closed society filled with penniless clones?
- Punch Clock Villain: Djimon Hounsou's mercenary rampages across LA in pursuit of Lincoln and Jordan. He ends up helping them after the institute considers his mission completed.
- Released to Elsewhere: winning a tour to the Island.
- Shout-Out: Someone on that production team has an appreciation for Square; the room where Lincoln and Merrick duke it out looks suspiciously like a mako reactor.
- Spot the Imposter: Lincoln actually kills his original (in self defense) by getting the people after him to believe he was the original.
- Walking Transplant: Customers are told that their "health plans" are brainless vegetables; however for the sake of the story they lied.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sean Bean described Dr. Merrick as this in an interview.
- Dr. Merrick presented himself more or less this way to Albert Laurent, although his rather megalomaniacal boasting suggests he's pretty firmly into villainous Mad Scientist territory.
- You Are Number Six