UNDERSTAND POLITICS THROUGH FILM JOURNAL–THE FORMAT
Name of student: Chris Poore Date: November 3, 2008
Film Title: The Island Year: 2005
Author/Screenwriter: Caspian Tredwell-Owen; Alex Kurtzman ; Robert Orci
Producer: Michael Bay; Ian Bryce; Walter F. Parkes Director: Michael Bay
Production Company(ies): DreamWorks SKG; Warner Bros. Pictures; Parkes/Macdonald Productions
Distribution Company(ies): DreamWorks Distribution; DreamWorks Home Entertainment; Warner Bros.; Fox-Warner
# of U.S. screens opening week: 3122 # of U.S. screens maximum: 3138 # of weeks in U.S. theaters: 7
Film Budget: $126 Million U.S. box office gross: $35,818,913 Foreign box office gross: $160,285,073
Awards & Nominations: Nominated for 3 Movies (Saturn Award; Golden Reel Award; Teen Choice Award)
Film Review #1 (provide complete bibliographic cite):
Ebert, Robert. “The Island.” Chicago Sun-Times 22 July 2005. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050721/REVIEWS/50711003/1023
Film Review #2 (provide complete bibliographic cite):
Chang, Justin. “The Island.” Variety 11 July 2005.
http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_review/VE1117927607.html?nav=reviews07&categoryid=1986&cs=1&p=0 (BE SURE TO INTEGRATE & DISCUSS THE 2 FILM REVIEWS AND OTHER RELEVANT REQUIRED READINGS FROM THE CLASS)
1. Did like or enjoy the film? Very much 5 4 3 2 1 Not very much Why? I thought this movie was very interesting. I’ve always been a big fan of utopian and dystopian fiction so it was pretty interesting getting “The Island’s” point of view on dystopia. I definitely enjoyed how the movie seemed to have two halves. According to Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times, “The first half of Michael Bay's new film is a spare, creepy science fiction parable, and then it shifts into a high-tech action picture” (Ebert). The idea behind “The Island” is genius. At first, it appears the lottery winners get to go to this great island to live and play under the sun. Then, as soon as it appears this is the case, you find out that they are actually clones being used to allow their human buyer to live longer and cheat death. Though the movie seems a bit rushed at time, overall Bay did a great job of combining sci-fi with action to create an exciting and action-packed movie. Overall I would give the writing and directing a 4, the acting a 4, and the images, symbolism, and language a 4 for an overall score of a 4.
2. What was the principal purpose(s) of the movie and who was the intended audience(s)? I think that this movie was definitely designed to open up people’s eyes about the idea of cloning. It is clear to see after the movie how controversial this issue can be. I think the intended audience is definitely teenage to young professional males. Justin Chang, critic for The Daily Variety, feels that, “Given Bay's built-in, mostly male audience, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. look to harvest decent if not spectacular opening returns” (Chang). If you look at the history of Bay’s movies (The Amityville Horror, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bad Boys II, The Rock) it is clear to see that they are geared toward a male audience. This one is no exception to the rule. Intense action sequences, gun fights, hover-craft crashes and the beautiful Scarlett Johansson solidify the male audience in this picture.
3. Was there a political message and/or point of view? What was it? How explicit or implicit was it? How intentional or unintentional was it? Provide one or two examples from the film to illustrate your...
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