If you enjoy good science fiction, intriguing ethical questions about science and power, adrenalin-rush action, suspense, and dazzling special effects, here are several worthwhile movies that offer such a variety: THX 1138, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), Minority Report, Star Wars: Episode Two—Attack of the Clones, The Matrix, The Truman Show, Coma, and Gattaca.
If you'd prefer to see a film that borrows most of its ideas from better movies and slaps them together into something that insults your intelligence, rattles your senses, and wastes your time, go see The Island.
Michael Bay's latest barrage of explosions seems to leave gaping holes in the film's plot. The Island stars Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan of the Star Wars prequels) and Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation) as clones, living in a clone society, oblivious to their origins or their purpose. They're walking, talking "insurance policies" waiting to have their organs harvested for the benefit of their "originals."
The "originals" are rich investors who believe they're investing in non-sentient tissue development. If they were to find out that their money is funding a whole society of expendable human beings, they would cause a fuss. So the clone-making company does what it can to keep its child-like residents and its investors happy and oblivious to the truth. (The Lord of the Rings' Sean Bean plays the nefarious genius in charge of this misguided operation.)
Bay and Company seem to think they're wrestling with tough ethical questions. And the film does carry echoes of the debates over stem-cell research and abortion. Thus, viewers might find themselves in some worthwhile conversation after the credits roll. But this exploration is no more provocative than Soylent ...1
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