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The Island (2005)

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Commentary 1: Director Michael Bay Rating:8.4/10 (31 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 31st, 2005:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Ive always been a fan of Michael Bay commenteries (Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon) and this one is no different. He talks like the movie fan he is and takes us on a collection of technical tit-bits, casting choices and just makes the film that more watchable with the info we learn from him. Even if you didnt like the film that much its well worth listening to the audio track. He even defends the product placement on the film with a great defence.
Reviewed by sedna on September 30th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
Weak commentary. Bay does not come off as an interesting or informative speaker. There's a lot of dead air here and the lack of original film audio track punctuates that silence. So what you have is just Bay's voice in the studio with a lot of gaps in between. I got to thinking, the type of comments a director makes, reflects his own work - and there was a lot of emptiness in this track...
Reviewed by Bakersfield on August 19th, 2015:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
Just because there are gaps doesn't mean the commentary as a whole is weak. In this case it's exactly the opposite. As usual Bay does a great job explaining in an interesting way his approach and all the stuff behind the scenes. He even talks about the weak box office performance of the movie.

Overall, a nice, informative track from a filmmaker who's obviously passionate about his work.

P.S. As Bay himself pointed out, it's not easy to sit alone in a dark room and talk for two hours. So people, don't get angry when there's dead air on audio commentaries. Be grateful that fimmakers still do them.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on June 29th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
I agree with Bakersfield. Despite the dead air chunks in the track (which really seem to be exaggerated by some. A friend of mine stopped listening halfway through because he was so disappointed), the commentary as a whole is still very informative. I've said it before with Bay tracks, but he could make some A++ commentaries if he was paired with the writers or a producer or *someone*.

When Bay talks, it's interesting and informative. There's a surprising amount of Bay speaking about the finer points of filmmaking (hell itself may have just frozen over). He reveals that he loves the slow reveal of the movie when compared to his other movies, describes how very important art and design are in the context of script-writing, how he built an extensive backstory for Steve Buscemi's character and more. Pleasantly surprising for Michael "BOOM BOOM" Bay to discuss those things.

Overall, highly recommended. If you can stomach the dead air moments, the information Bay *does* give is great and funny.
Reviewed by Damon_82 on June 15th, 2017:Find all reviews by Damon_82
Great, great, great.
Reviewed by Damon_82 on June 15th, 2017:Find all reviews by Damon_82
My review, in short.
Reviewed by Station51 on June 16th, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
Ha ha. Good.
Reviewed by Damon_82 on June 16th, 2017:Find all reviews by Damon_82
Nothing longer can be posted.
Reviewed by Damon_82 on June 16th, 2017:Find all reviews by Damon_82
Come on, fix it, guys!
Reviewed by grimjack on July 14th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
Damon82, the problem is that you cannot use apostrophes (unless you double them). Yes, it should be handled automatically by a script after you enter it, but you can enter in much longer reviews.
Reviewed by grimjack on July 14th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
This is a tough commentary to rate, as it is often good in places, but feels like a third of it is dead air. And he seems less than excited to be doing it, as he even says towards the end.

But to compliment it, he acknowledges where the film does not work, and says why and what he wishes he could have done. He mentions a point where Spielberg told him he missed a shot. He points out when actors were sick. He talks about mistakes that worked out anyway.

He brings up how he often has more than sixty shots done a day, where most films might have ten. Explaining his rapid cutting style, making really good stand out shots never the goal over editing. He points out fine acting moments. He shows script motivations, special effects that impressed him, and which parts made him happy.

It is not bad, but you might learn most of the good stuff by reading the IMDB trivia.