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Tuesday, November 09, 2010


The title of this post is the name of a boat dreamt of in The Island (you can glimpse the boat at the very end of the video clip at the bottom of the page). The Island is a 2005 science fiction film starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, and Sean Bean, and directed by Michael Bay.

- the modernistic clone enclave

The story is set a little in the future, when clones can be grown as harvestable products for the rich. The law mandates clones must be in a continuous vegetative state but they don't thus thrive so instead they're secretly raised as people unaware of their destiny in a made-over hologram-enriched environment created in an abandoned military base in the desert. They're kept peaceable by being told the world outside their enclave has been destroyed in some cataclysm, and their one hope is to win a lottery that will allow them to move to an idyllic island that escaped the destruction. What they don't know is that when people win the lottery, they're actually taken away to have their organs harvested. Two of the clones manage to escape, learn the truth about who they are and that the world's intact, and try to meet the people who ordered their creation and to reveal to the public what's been going on. The company, however, sends mercenaries to capture them dead or alive.

- the French mercenary sent after the escaped clones

I liked the movie - it had some nice future-tech, good action scenes, a touching relationship between clones Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, an interesting twist with the French mercenary (Djimon Hounsou) who's father had been part of the Burkinabé rebellion, and some funny dialogue .... Ewan McGregor's character asks "What's God?" His non-clone friend replies, "Well, you know when you want something really bad, and you close your eyes and wish for it? God's the guy who ignores you."

- the clones fall from the top of a building in downtown LA while chased by the mercenaries

Here's the trailer .....

And here's the song, My name is Lincoln, from the end of the movie ...


Blogger Deacon Denny said...

Hi Crystal --

I saw the movie...fairly well done. It raises interesting questions -- like the rights of clones, the nature of one's identity, and the extent to which society ALREADY DOES distort the truth it allows its lower-class citizens.

Don't you love science fiction?

10:15 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Love it :)

11:19 PM  

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