The Island

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"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 Clonus, since both share far too many similarities to be coincidence. 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.


Tropes used in The Island include:

Doctor: You mean you want to destroy $2 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 there while praising him for the human trait of curiosity).
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Quoted with amusing and unnerving effect by Buscemi's character "Well just because you like the hamburger does not mean you want to meet the cow."
  • Meaningful Name: Lincoln Six Echo emancipates the clones.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya
  • Nobody Poops: Averted, as part of a Brick Joke.
  • No Sex Allowed: Inside the community of clones. Subverted in the outside world...
  • Oh Crap: When it is discovered that the dead Lincoln is the original Tom Lincoln and not the clone.
  • People Farms
  • 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.
  • 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