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The Future in Action (2005)

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Kenny Bates Kenny Bates ... Himself (as Ken Bates)
Michael Bay ... Himself
Eric Brevig ... Himself
Ian Bryce ... Himself
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Himself
Corey Michael Eubanks ... Himself (as Corey Eubanks)
Mauro Fiore ... Himself
John Frazier ... Himself
Djimon Hounsou ... Himself
Harry Humphries ... Himself
Alan D. Purwin Alan D. Purwin ... Himself (as Alan Purwin)
Christopher Townsend ... Himself
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13 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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This making-of is featured on the DVD for The Island (2005). See more »

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Ho-hum behind the scenes on SPFX
5 January 2011 | by lor_See all my reviews

Michael Bay's THE ISLAND is a special effects action movie, so the DVD provides interviews and various footage in this "making-of" documentary to show the preparation & execution of said FX. It makes more sense than cast interviews and rehearsals (the film's acting performances were nothing to right home about), but the result is simply another boring "Rah Rah" session of folks patting themselves on the back.

Technical crew, especially in physical effects and stunt roles, always refer to a movie as a "show" and use other carny-inspired jargon like "gags" to explain what they're up to. We hear many of the experts that worked on THE ISLAND explain how difficult it all was, and my reaction was: who cares? Their job is to get it right and the film does play well from an action/things blowing up/MTV or TV commercial editing style/attractive sets/impressive CGI standpoint. The fact that it is a pointless, trite and unnecessary followup to classic sci-fi dating back to SOYLENT GREEN seems besides the point.

For haters, director Michael Bay comes off as the arrogant jerk he is always assumed to be, so at least he gives the "fans" what they want in that department. I tried listening to some of his director's commentary behind the main feature as well, but it was impossible to stick for more than a few minutes after hearing his self-appointed "visionary" b.s. He has become the symbol for what has ruined mainstream films in the recent couple of decades known as the MTV/Video Era.


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