The Island’s Bay — interested, apprehensive

Just saw the trailer for The Island. Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi and so forth? In an action movie about genetic engineering, with who knows how much fodder for moral discussion? This could be my kind of sci-fi.

I am very, very interested. I am also very, very apprehensive, as the film is directed by Michael Bay, whose extremely unsubtle, constantly violent, attention deficit disorder style of filmmaking got on my nerves during Pearl Harbor (and by “violent”, I refer not only to his obsession with bullets and explosions but also to his restless, fidgety use of cuts and the constant physical abuse he heaped on Ben Affleck during the “romantic” scenes), and whose last film, Bad Boys II, I found offensively immoral.

Ordinarily, I would turn to the screenwriting credits at this point to see what I ought to expect — but the IMDB lists the names of three people with whom I am utterly unfamiliar; one wrote Beyond Borders, the Angelina Jolie movie with a social conscience that I never got around to seeing, and the other two have worked on episodes of Alias, a TV series that I have never watched, though I hear mixed things about it from fans of the show.

So, I am utterly in the dark. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see the movie.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).