Parents' Guide to

The Island

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Explosive movie is best for teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2005 127 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Shocking, violent and disturbing

I had to stop watching this with my 13 year old as we both found it disturbing. I watched the rest alone. It’s sad and worrying that people watch this type of disturbing violent movie with kids and think that’s ok. Hi
age 18+

Good but violet

There are definitely some scenes that will terrify squeamish people, one being a scene where a clone has his liver removed in full graphic detail, I walked out of the room on that one, and there are definitely violet chase scenes. 100% for older teens and not for kids at all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Loud, fast, and fulsome, this action movie actually spends a few minutes pondering ethical questions. But just a few. For the most part, The Island is simplistic science fiction, pitting very athletic, very attractive heroes on the run against plainly despicable corporate villains.

Besides Hounsou's character, the other visible black man is a football star (Michael Clarke Duncan), or rather, his clone, whose vigorous resistance to harvesting surgery initially reveals the truth to an understandably horrified Lincoln. Most of the film, however, is given over to the pretty white clones' multi-faceted education -- in running, spending money, driving, and soft-focus kissing.

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