1st 45 minutes of Michael Bay's THE ISLAND screens at The Academy Theater - and...
Hey folks, Harry here... I know Dreamworks is really high on this project, as the writers of it now have a production deal over there and are picking up and developing properties for Dreamworks. Sounds cool as hell from the first 45 minutes, and very unBay as he's come to be known. Here ya go...
Never submitted before, but I thought I'd drop you a line about The Island, 45 minutes of which screened tonight at the Academy in Beverly Hills. As someone who has felt something less than like for Michael's previous movies, I'm happy to say that the first half of The Island is the best film of Michael Bay's career. He's helped by a very good cast, but it shows a degree of maturity that's been missing from everything else Bay has done. The most suprising thing about it for me was that it takes its time to tell a compelling story and set up characters you can get behind, so when the mayhem breaks loose it has a tension and urgency that feels earned, instead of beating you severely about the face and neck from the moment the lights go down. Before anyone shouts PLANT, I'll admit that I'm involved with the production, but that doesn't mean I'm being anything but honest. If I wasn't really happy with it, I'd just keep my mouth shut. From the reaction of the audience, mostly press (including a few Aint it Cool trolls, I noticed), I don't think I'm alone.
If the second half is as good as the first, there may be hope for this summer yet.
Keep up the great work. If you use this, call me Badhat.
and here's this version which goes into more detail and spoilers - but with the same enthusiasm. Here ya go...
I managed to get into an advance preview of The Island tonight. Luckily for me there was a lot of confusion at the front door of the Motion Picture Academy and I was able to slip in unnoticed. I wasn't really sure what i was going to see, a friend told me there was to be a screening of a big sci-fi/action film so i went.
The filmmakers screened the first forty-five minutes of the movie in its somewhat unfinished form. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald introduced the footage, telling a story of how they got involved with the movie. Considering they are responsible for two of my favorite movies, Men In Black and Gladiator, I was interested to say the least! Then Michael Bay got up and joked about how nervous he was to be showing a work in progress.
Well he had nothing to be worried about! Sure some of the scenes had blue screens in the background and some of the effects were unfinished. But even unfinished the movie looks great. Really cool environments and some huge sets.
I don't want to give too many spoilers because a big part of the fun of this movie is discovering what's going on along with Ewan McGregor. In broad strokes: he's a clone who hasn't been told he is one but is starting to suspect there is something fishy going on. He is understandably smitten with Scarlett Johansson and realizes her life is in danger so they try to escape.
there are a lot of really smart ideas and very interesting concepts in this story. A bit of Blade Runner and Clockwork Orange as well as Logan's Run (the cool parts not the corny 70's damage!)
Obviously McGregor and Johansson are great. The other actors were as good. Ethan Phillips (I almost didn't recognize him without the Neelix make-up but his voice is very distinctive) has a great part as a conspiracy theorist who has no idea just how much he has underestimated the conspiracy. Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Sean Bean are in it as well as Djiman Hounsou who we didn't get to see too much of since apparently his character is in the second half.
After they showed the first half they also showed a big chase that happens latter in the film. That was when you could really appreciate it was a Micheal Bay film! A very cool high speed freeway chase that has the cops on these flying jet powered motorcycle kind of machines. Think The Matrix Reloaded chase with Return of the Jedi speeder bikes but bigger, faster and cooler! I can't wait to see that scene again!
I can definitely say my two favorite movies this summer star Ewan McGregor!
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May 25, 2005, 3:49 a.m. CST
And, yeah, I hope this film doesn't suck as much as Michael Bay's previous multi-billion dollar grossing turds.
May 25, 2005, 3:54 a.m. CST
a plant, why even bother posting the 1st one?
May 25, 2005, 4:17 a.m. CST
Why bother posting the first one.
May 25, 2005, 4:31 a.m. CST
...involved with the production. Does this automatically make him a plant? I guess it boils down to whether or not you think it's possible to be objective or honest about a product or company that one is associated with.
May 25, 2005, 4:58 a.m. CST
by Tom Whitaker
...and can admit that it sucked. The first guy sounds honest enough. Not enough talk of evolving sensibilities in those there reviews though...
May 25, 2005, 5:13 a.m. CST
I was very interested in this but a bit less enthusiastic now. The cast got me interested - Ewan and Scarlett being a surefire combination for me. And the story sounded good (despite Dreamworks taking a large part of it from Michael Marshall Smith and refusing to credit him). I was just hoping against hope that Michael Bay would be able to resist being, well, Michael Bay. But the trailer diminished my enthusiasm because every shot looks composed like a music video and I really, really hate that style.
May 25, 2005, 5:29 a.m. CST
Then Sign the Petition!: http://www.petitiononline.com/aunycxvc/petition.html
May 25, 2005, 5:45 a.m. CST
That's a pretty stupid thing to say on the 25th of May, unless you have seen everything that will come out until September, which I rather doubt. Also, what's the other Ewan McGregor flick you liked??
May 25, 2005, 5:47 a.m. CST
Action looks awesome, as is the cinematography. Seriously...to Rivero....that is the dumbest, saddest petition.....ever...EVER
May 25, 2005, 5:49 a.m. CST
That man hates cinema
May 25, 2005, 6:02 a.m. CST
just wanted to type something
May 25, 2005, 6:17 a.m. CST
by Gheorghe Zamfir
internet petitions have become so re-god-damn-diculous
May 25, 2005, 6:29 a.m. CST
by Gheorghe Zamfir
I guess I'll have to hope the story in this is somewheat compelling, cause that'd be the only reason to see this. I can't even enjoy Bay's flicks as junk food just cause the action pieces in his flicks just seem to be repeating themselves so much that by the time he "evolved" into Bad Boys II it almost seemed like I was watching a parody. And someone get Bay an editor, it confounds me that whoever is cutting his films keeps on letting him stretch out such empty flicks so far over the 2 hour mark (and I'm not saying every film needs to be 2 hours or under, just that Bay's films never need to be this long).
May 25, 2005, 6:47 a.m. CST
May 25, 2005, 6:53 a.m. CST
He is just the DIRECTOR of the films you hate, not the writer and if there's one thing he can do is to direct action! He's not Joel Schumacher who can't write AND direct anything.
May 25, 2005, 6:58 a.m. CST
Oh.... my.... God.....
May 25, 2005, 7:19 a.m. CST
saw the trailer a couple of days ago and was really excited for the first few seconds as I thought they'd remade Logans Run. unfortunately they haven't but it still looks like it will be good.
May 25, 2005, 7:57 a.m. CST
Maybe one day.
May 25, 2005, 8:59 a.m. CST
Ewan's a great Actor, Scarlett is so hot I'd drink her bathtub water, Bean is cool, Djomoun is cool, Buscemi is King. Car chases, flying bikes, cloning... Admitedly of Bays previous movies I only like The Rock & Armageddon, and then only as a piece of shit popcorn movie that manages to entertain me when I can't be bothered to think. However I still think this film is going to be better than just pure entertainment, I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
May 25, 2005, 9:27 a.m. CST
and they're both in Scarlett's shirt. I wonder if she'd move in with my family and become my second wife?
May 25, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST
I liked the original version, back when it was called Parts: The Clonus Project. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078062/ Whether this is official or not, the commercials look exactly like Clonus.
May 25, 2005, 10:39 a.m. CST
plants? what? where? any weeds?
May 25, 2005, 10:50 a.m. CST
by The Pusher
Isn't Bay giving Bruckheimer a Transformers movie for his birthday next year?
May 25, 2005, 11:05 a.m. CST
May 25, 2005, 11:22 a.m. CST
May 25, 2005, 11:28 a.m. CST
From what I understand, the rest of the film isn't finished yet.
May 25, 2005, 12:41 p.m. CST
Sorry to be talkback hopping. Just wondering what happened to it. Peace.
May 25, 2005, 12:45 p.m. CST
i guess he's not so evil after all
May 25, 2005, 12:52 p.m. CST
In the trailer, Scarlett's character sees a billboard with real-life Scarlett Johansson on it. It's an actual ad that exists here in the real world. So Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor's characters are clones of... *drumroll* SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND EWAN MCGREGOR THE CELEBRITIES. Could it really be that lame?
May 25, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST
I don't know, I was wondering that meself. Articles have mysteriously vanished and then later reappeared on this site recently, but that Eli Roth article has been gone for an awfully long time.
May 25, 2005, 1:17 p.m. CST
Man, I thought the exact same thing when I saw this trailer...really bad late seventies cinema starring Peter Graves and a lot of hairy, unpleasant-looking people. Made an excellent episode of MST3K, by the way. My favorite line, when one of said hairy people is pressing an equally hairy clone up against a car: "There's a stirring in my little Clonus!"
May 25, 2005, 1:45 p.m. CST
why is it not on the front page? maybe there was little interest in it? i don't know, but it's not too hard to find.
May 25, 2005, 2:08 p.m. CST
May 25, 2005, 2:18 p.m. CST
Not that that would be a bad idea.
May 25, 2005, 2:19 p.m. CST
I know someone's remarked on this before, but this movie looks exactly like this cheesy MST3K entry. I'm just waiting for Orci and Kurtzman to admit it...
May 25, 2005, 2:21 p.m. CST
Now we need a reworking of HobGoblins and Pod People!!
May 25, 2005, 2:30 p.m. CST
Period. A great actor who keeps taking whatever he can from the hollywood movie machine. One day, one day, he will get lead role, before I die God, please. Ewan is good but predictable. Michael Bay should do penance for Pearl Harbor. Period.
May 25, 2005, 2:32 p.m. CST
this needs to happen.
May 25, 2005, 2:59 p.m. CST
I read about this in the paper last week and said to my wife, "Isn't this the plot of 'Parts: The Clonus Horror'?" To quote Crow T. Robot, "Wow! She really does smoke after having sex!" Michael Bay -- FEH!!
May 25, 2005, 3:03 p.m. CST
May 25, 2005, 3:29 p.m. CST
by mr jones
Sean Bean kinda rocks as a bad guy, and I reckon Djimon Hounsou could definitely play a very scary heavy -I seem to have seen him in mostly gentle giant roles, (and before anyone says, he's not a bad motherfucker with an arsenal in Constantine). Plus i like Bay's action abilities, (from his earlier stuff, anyway); someone give the guy a story and who knows what can happen?!?!?!
May 25, 2005, 3:37 p.m. CST
i like michael bay's movies. there, im said it. that man can make action-popcorn-flicks like only a few working directors can. bad boys was great, and so was bad boys 2(i'm a little biased in the latter, for i worked on it). the rock is in my top action movies of all time, armageddon and pearl harbor were good for what they were...mindless eye candy. i sincerely doubt that while watching any of bay's action sequences, one of you thought "boring..." it's just not possible. bay's not there to win academy awards, he's there to blow shit up and leave you with a "holy shit"look on your face. ok...i'll go ahead and give it to you guys, i also agree that the romance scenes in pearl harbor coudn't get more ham-handed if they fist-fucked miss piggy...but...the action sequences made it all worthwhile...in conclusion, it seems that bay has made a critical step up in his carrer by not slamming us over the head with action from the get-go, instead, worrying more about character development...looking forward to "the island" ps: if a "transformers" movie is really in development, there's no better director than bay for it... and goddamnit, where the "thundercats" movie?
May 25, 2005, 3:38 p.m. CST
There are TB's for it, you know.
May 25, 2005, 3:50 p.m. CST
shit...forgot what I was gonna say...
May 25, 2005, 4:11 p.m. CST
In a Michael Bay film. In a world where drug runners own the system. There's one cop who plays by his own set of rules. Comming Summer 2007: The Rock is... My-My-My-My Mitchell.
May 25, 2005, 4:17 p.m. CST
All Suck! They are atrocious. Every single mind-numbing, headache-inducing one of them.
May 25, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST
Except on one matter, The Rock. In my opinion, that movie was also terrible. Although, Cage and Connery were the most convincing out of ALL the actors to appear in any Bay or Bruckheimer movie. I will NOT see "The Island," but I will complain because of the TV commercials, which, short of changing the channel, I have no control over.
May 25, 2005, 5:09 p.m. CST
The only redeeming thing Jerry and Michael have ever done is give Bean more screen time in US. The bad thing is that he was not the lead in either National Treasure (which was awful except for Bean who acted subtly and took the money and ran) (everytime Cage opened his yap I laughed outloud in the movie and his lines were not suppose to be funny either) and in this one where he is baddie again. It seems as though hollyweird is just mentally challenged and can only take amazing Brit actors like Bean, and Tim Roth and Gary Oldman and cast them as bad guys. These are incredibly talented men who can play any role perfectly and subtly, but we knew Hollyweird didn't have a brain.
May 25, 2005, 5:25 p.m. CST
I haven't exposed myself to any other Michael Bay movies except for 'Armageddon' and 'Pearl Harbor,' both of which I most definitely did NOT like. Haven't seen the rest of his "ouevre."
May 25, 2005, 5:40 p.m. CST
by Big Bad Clone
I realize that people have different tastes. That's why I won't knock you for liking a popular movie I just can't stand. I guess I just won't be seeing this movie until I'm stuck in a hotel somewhere and this pops up on HBO.
May 25, 2005, 6:30 p.m. CST
Despite what many people think, those of us who yell "PLANT!" do it not because something gives a positive review. We do it when it's clear that the writer is doing an imitation of the "AICN style," which typically means the plant fakes bad grammar, limited vocabulary, excessive exclamation points, and plenty of Harry-esque "geek-outs." Plants always try to throw in a few "negative" comments to ward off weed-killers such as myself. Such comments are usually half-baked and hardly critical (e.g., "if I had to fault the movie, Johnny Depp's performance might be a little too weird for some" or "the violence and gore might have been a little too much for me at times"). Moreover, as with the examples I just gave, the plant knows that such "criticisms" are actually going to appeal to the vast majority of readers here! So, to end this rant, I would just hope future plants would try to be a little more original so it's not so easy to call them out. Give us a challenge. Vile Weeds!
May 25, 2005, 6:49 p.m. CST
But it's still odd... Peace.
May 25, 2005, 6:51 p.m. CST
May 25, 2005, 6:53 p.m. CST
May 25, 2005, 6:59 p.m. CST
Island could be good, as long as it's better than Pearl Harbor i'll be happy.
May 25, 2005, 8:37 p.m. CST
the premise really does sound like a diluted version of Smiths brilliant book - cloned spare parts vying for freedom. I know Speilberg had the rights, and Speilberg gave this to Bay to direct
May 25, 2005, 8:40 p.m. CST
In fact I may just order two.
May 25, 2005, 9:13 p.m. CST
I guarantee this movie will stink, because Spielberg read the script and instantly wanted to make it. Can you imagine reading the script to an action movie, actually finishing the script, and then wanting to make it? Give me a break. And Scarlett Johansson, while hot, is a terrible actress, who brings no emotion to any role, cause she is never present. She has two faces, confused and happy. It worked in Ghost World, barely, and it never worked again, reaching it's awful nadir in the shitfest known as Lost In Translation. Oh yeah, the first Bad Boys was hilarious, why? Cause they cast good henchmen. Same reason Con Air was good, they cast good henchmen. It is the difference between a good action comedy and a bad one.
May 25, 2005, 10:46 p.m. CST
Finally something that's not a remake or a comic book. Oh yeah, the fact that has Scarlett Johansen is a bonus. Maybe this could be Michael Bay's first "real" film.
May 25, 2005, 11:21 p.m. CST
Seriously. That movie stomps more ass than Godzilla. Bad Boys 2 was ok. The rest isn't worth the bills I wipe my ass with.
May 26, 2005, 12:39 a.m. CST
by Harry Coin
And that's all I have to say about that.
May 26, 2005, 12:44 a.m. CST
by Mark Twain
"I just saw a rough cut and BOY do I have a feeling about this. This WILL BE the 800 pound gorilla of the summer. Within 30 minutes I was so into this film I nearly ripped my cock off and started beating myself over the head with it. I'm sure glad I didn't though, cause I squirted so much jizz on the ceiling it left stalactites! My girlfriend (who normally hates action films), was so thankful I got her into this screening that she invited over her hot friend and they fucked my brains out for 48 hours straight (would've been longer but her friend had to go, her sitcom was shooting in an hour)! If I hadn't seen this, I probably would have killed myself and I'm not even gay!!! After this movie they will BURY Michael Bay's body in the concrete of the Hollywood Walk of Fame after he dies." Of course after the film comes out, people tend to back off a bit.
May 26, 2005, 8:27 a.m. CST
"after he dies", crap...
May 26, 2005, 8:32 a.m. CST
May 26, 2005, 10:14 a.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
A remake of "The Killer Shrews"? Or better yet, "Angel's Revenge"? I'm wondering when the screenwriters are going to admit they stole this movie.
May 26, 2005, 1:30 p.m. CST
I've never seen so many moviehaters at those on this site. What are you doing here? You don't even like Harry or his reviews. As for this article, what the hell is wrong with you? GET EXCITED FOR SOMETHING!!! Positive reviews all the way. Still you have to "Oh, it will suck" bla bla bla. Still the articles about the test screenings has said that this film has great acting, interesting ideas, is smart and develops its characters, looks great and fantastic actionsequnces, you're still behaving like the biggest a-holes I've ever seen on a movie site. THE ISLAND seems to be this year's best summer-movie. FANTASIC FOUR is another proof that Script does matter. It looks dreadful to say the least. "I need to borrow your car!" - Yeah, that's cool alright.
May 26, 2005, 3:58 p.m. CST
by Yo Yo Man
As I recall, Spielberg tossed a coin over whether to make Spares or Minority Report with Tom Cruise. The rejected Spares script must have found its way to Michael Bay as The Island. Which means GOOD NEWS no Spares movie with Tom Cruise and in-a-slump Spielberg, but BAD NEWS no Spares movie. Dammit.
May 26, 2005, 4:02 p.m. CST
by Yo Yo Man
That's really shit of them not to give Michael Marshall Smith a credit. Considering Philip K Dick got a story credit for numerous bastardised adaptations of his work.
May 26, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST
by Gheorghe Zamfir
It 'iIsn't a terribly original idea (its been talked/worried about as long as clones have been talked/worried about), like the idea of an asteroid hitting the Earth, its just a platform, and I doubt you'd ever find an author/screenwriter saying he "invented" the idea. So simply using the idea doesn't make it a rip off of anything, tha being said, I haven't read or seen any of the pieces people are claiming The Island to have ripped off, so the similarities may run much deeper. But similarities in the premise alone doesn't mean a terrible lot.
May 26, 2005, 6:26 p.m. CST
....it is nice to know I am not the only one who thought this.
May 26, 2005, 7 p.m. CST
Warwick Davis is available to play Trumpy. Just sayin'.
May 26, 2005, 9:14 p.m. CST
Evolving sensibility of Micheal Bay. Fuck you, pretentious fuck. Both of you.
May 27, 2005, midnight CST
by Osmosis Jones
CROW: The T&A Team!
May 27, 2005, 12:22 a.m. CST
i saw it and it will be a amazing film experience. 2 thumbs up.
May 27, 2005, 1:44 a.m. CST
by ol' painless
Bay will have to do a lot to earn my praise (yes, TB'er I know it would mean SO MUCH to him). Give a monkey with a bad 70's haircut enough cash and you could film my cat taking a shit Bay-style (swirling camera, small-town kids in dungarees flying kites, Affleck's jaw thrusting like the prow of a REALLY BIG ship), but I am not seduced. Pearl Harbour remains one of the worst films I have ever seen. And all through the beautiful slo-mo's of sailors burning, drowning, getting machine-gunned, I couldn't help hearing Bay giggling like a schoolboy saying "Hey, the Pearl Harbour thing was really bad, BUT ISN'T MY BATTLE FOOTAGE SOME COOL SHIT???"
May 27, 2005, 1:46 a.m. CST
It might be a good movie, but it still looks like the same old Michael Bay. Obligatory badass shot from the ground up of someone stepping out of a car/plane/elevator? Check. Then again, can't really get a bead on anything else. Rumor has it that there aren't a kajillion cuts per scene, so I guess you could call that "evolution."
May 27, 2005, 5:22 a.m. CST
And I like Ewan McGregor and Scarlet Johanson (good lord, I love her). But, goddamnit, the over the topness of it just drives me up the friggin wall. Look at the last shot from the trailer when the duo are hanging off the falling down flaming letter R or whatever ... no human could survive that. Ever. And the camera angle the way it SWEEPS UP AND DOWN or whatever just seals it for me that the guy is a pretentious cock. I realize there's suspension of disbelief, but jesus tittyfucking christ, its so over the top and its pushing itself as "evolved sensiblity" filmmaking that I want to throw something at the screen.
All the articles about the 45-minute press screening has been postive. So go and jerk off to that Fantasic Four-trailer again. As for me, I will go to the summer-movie with most story this year, and that is this one.
May 27, 2005, 8:07 a.m. CST
he just makes giant trailers
May 27, 2005, 3:45 p.m. CST
any quote with 'the _______ movie of the year' is utter crap. THE ISLAND was filmed partly in detroit, there is no way it will be anything but horrible. movie haters? after you've seen 1000's of movies, you get a hint of how crap a movie will be from the trailer. only a handful of trailers have ever fooled me, most notable being the fifth element, looked so stupid, but was such a great movie.
May 27, 2005, 3:54 p.m. CST
but uhh, the problem with this movie is it tries to have a scifi plot. bad boys and the rock work alright, even repeat viewings. over and over again on FX! but adding scifi to an action movie usually ends up with bad results. throw in a younger cast and blam. damn did bad boys 2 suck.
May 28, 2005, 4:17 p.m. CST
July 4, 2005, 4:01 a.m. CST
I've seen the same 45 minutes and the film looks almost exactly like 'The Matrix' and all of its clones that came after. Plus it looks like every other Michael Bay film ever made including a car chase that is exactly like the chases in 'Bad Boys II'. This man doesn't have one original bone in his body. Why do you think his production company is remaking old horror films.
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