Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 2005. DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, K/O Paper Products, Platinum Dunes. Story by Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Screenplay by Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci. Cinematography by Mauro Fiore. Produced by Michael Bay, Ian Bryce, Walter F. Parkes. Music by Steve Jablonsky. Production Design by Nigel Phelps. Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott. Film Editing by Paul Rubell, Christian Wagner.
Imagine Blade Runner combined with Dirty Pretty Things and take away all the intelligence and sensitivity and you’ve got this fun, frothy action film by an amazingly subdued (for him) Michael Bay. Following a post-apocalyptic, nuclear contamination, human survivors live in a series of remote towers where their health and welfare is carefully monitored by a team of crack scientists and doctors (led by Sean Bean). The only place on earth to not be ruined by radiation devastation is an ‘island’ where residents of this futuristic clinic get to go if they win a randomly selected lottery. Ewan McGregor plays a peppy chap living at the complex who asks too many questions and ends up discovering some pretty scary secrets once the girl of his dreams (Scarlett Johansson) wins the sweepstake. From there they go on a journey of discovery about their place in the world and the find out the shocking truth about who they are. A terrific story is a bit undone by the shallow characters and lack of emotional examination, instead just having these characters go on chase after chase, each one louder than the one that preceded it. The cinematography is great, though, and the entire cast is strong.