view from the hill

A look at the elements and events that come into view from where I'm standing...
... the stuff that matters in this life. Some flicker and are gone in a matter of hours
only to live in memory, others become life long travelling companions, never far from reach.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Island

I can't believe that I like a Michael Bay movie more than Tiff did. I actually enjoyed this overblown crash. It's big and it's loud and it's shot like a two hour commercial, but at least there's no Aerosmith soundtrack.

islandIt's about cloning for spare parts, our culture's desperate cling to youth, and whether or not these beings have souls. But, this being Michael Bay, that's all secondary to the car chases. Of course, the movie becomes spot the reference (or homage, or rip off) pretty quick. There's shots and concepts lifted from THX, Logan's Run, Heat, The Matrix, and of course, the most visually quoted movie of all time, Blade Runner. When Steve Buscemi is telling Scarlett Johansson about dreams, it's almost word for word from Ridley's movie. I know it's hard to be original when it comes to this kind of thing, but there are ideas here, there's some interesting issues buried under all the rubble and collateral damage.

It is cool to look at, and the visuals are pretty great. But, as always with the guy who brought us The Rock, and Pearl Harbor, the action goes way over the top. He just doesn't know where to stop. He needs a better editor.

It's when they arrived in LA and there were flying trains that the film lost all credibility for me. Public transportation in Los Angeles? Come on!

Still, I had fun. It's Bay's best movie yet. That's not saying a whole lot, but he's got a decent story with him, and despite his nature, he doesn't screw it up too much.


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