"The Island" generates sympathy for a cow - CinemaDave
Jul. 27th, 2005 06:49 am "The Island" generates sympathy for a cow
The intelligence of the scientific arguments is what drives "The Island." Good science fiction is metaphor based on what could happen. While "The Island" has been promoted as an action adventure movie about cloning, it is actually an animal rights movie.
The film takes the point of view of clones. These clones are being harvested for their owners who want to prolong their own life. Substitute a clone for a cow being bred for the slaughterhouse and one immediately has sympathy for a cow.
It to too bad that the action sequences are so poorly directed that one gets bored by manic editing, unfocused camera work featuring drawn out fist fights and futuristic car chases. The ensemble cast do their best to create the futuristic world of 2017, but much like Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise’s original collaboration in "Minority Report," this film’s conclusion relies on clichés to end the narrative.
Given the excitement of America's return to space flight this weekend, perhaps science fact motion pictures will be in vogue soon. On September 23, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery plans of presenting "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon in 3D," a documentary produced by Tom Hanks. Until then, keep watching the skies….