bc-liu : Not too striking to feel amazed but true enough to depict the social situations and reflect some critical social issues through modifications on true stories. The vitalist part for this movie is not humor as it is originally aimed at, however, it is its unique way to tell a common rule by place its setting in a brief history of human societal evolvement. Each stage there is one idiosyncratic leader performing as the pioneer of the group to lead the people to survive, entertain and be solitary. However, each leader seems innocent with their purpose first but eventually they exacerbate due to the system established and sustained to strengthen their position and privileges. This, the movie reminds of a power without monitoring and restricting can be a fierce lion.
qyhw : Can not understand the incredible low rating. Maybe only the contemporary Chinese people could understand what Huang is telling in this film… All the respect to Bo Huang.
kluseba : The Island is a mostly entertaining mixture of a survival drama with some social criticism, slapstick comedy and romantic elements. It tells the story of about thirty work colleagues who get into a heavy storm and strand on an isolated island. When nobody comes to their rescue, the group elects a military veteran as their leader who soon starts to abuse his power. The group splits into two camps when a clever businessman discovers a shipwreck with useful tools and convinces some of his colleagues to join his group. The story follows two unlucky brothers who soon realize that the military veteran is a sadist while the clever businessman is a liar and decide to live on their own. In order to feel superior just once in their lives, they successfully plan to play the two groups off against each other in order to become the new leaders. As time goes by, the two brothers need to decide whether they want to be leaders on an isolated island or ordinary people in a civilized world.The movie sta
maclock : For the most part, The Island is both charming and inoffensive, but it isn’t particularly memorable. I won’t be recommending it to others.
moviexclusive : So goes a quote: “Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious”. How true that is of Huang Bo’s directorial debut ‘The Island’, a survivalist dramedy which adapts the familiar premise of ‘Lord of the Flies’ for a thoughtful study on social hierarchy. Huang himself co-writes the story of a company of white-collar workers who are shipwrecked on a deserted island while on a teambuilding adventure, after encountering a giant tsunami ostensibly unleashed by a meteorite passing dangerously close to Earth. It is no coincidence that these twenty or so members are colleagues; after all, there is invariably a chain of command established among them, which is all but upended when the company boss Zhang (Yu Hewei) proves utterly clueless about what they need to do in order to survive in the wilderness.Oh yes, it is deliberate irony that the least among the group should emerge as their leader, but hey at least their bus guide Dicky Wang (Wang Baoqiang) knows how to gather fruits, fresh water and f
BatmanFunReviews2018 : A cataclysmic event causes a man, who dreams of winning the lottery, to become stranded on an island with his co-workers. Mmm a Comedy and Drama film about guy stranded on an Island with his fellow co-workers yeah sure comedy is what comes in mind when i think such a situation as serious as that right? right? Yeah actually no not at all really and ‘The Island’ is another huge mistake for this awful movie year packed with awful perfomances and characters who no one is ever going to feel something about once the actual movie reaches it’s climax.
jdesando : A stranger darkly-comic satire than The Island will not come your way this year and maybe ever. Like an amalgam of Lord of the Flies and The Tempest, it is uncompromising about humanity’s ability to screw each other over given a chance to attain power at others’ expense.As the formula would have it, a group of co-workers is stranded on an island after a cataclysmic storm seems to lay waste to the world. Faced with the daunting task of setting up a new world, they experience every form of survival strategy, mostly of a capitalist kind (lending, stealing, hoarding, bartering, etc).
totalovrdose : The phrase, ‘just so-so’ is exactly the description my friend and I used to describe Bo Huang’s directorial debut when we saw his feature at Raffle Plaza in Ningbo, a couple of days ago.Ma Jin (Huang) is a poor businessman who spends his office hours pining over illustrious colleague Shan Shan (Shu Qi), and his spare time with his younger brother, Xing (Yinxing Zhang). These characters are mere stereotypes; described either as rich, or as losers, with little to no information concerning their work, lives or families. When offered to go on a team building exercise out on the ocean, led by their guide Dicky (Baoqiang Wang), Ma Jin jumps at the opportunity to spend time with the woman of his dreams. Not long into their voyage, he inexplicably wins fifty million RMB, though his hopes of claiming the winnings, or Shan Shan’s heart, is interrupted by a freak wave caused by a falling comet.
TheBigSick : This stunning dark comedy, The Island, succeeds both narratively and technically. The screenplay is smart, with twists and turns and some sharp satire towards humanity, capitalism and brainwash. The cinematography and editing are much mature. Wang Baoqiang continues his run as the best and the most popular comedian of his generation, and Lay marks an important step as he transforms from a singer-dancer to an actor. Huang Bo, on the other hand, simply shocks the world as a director, just like what he did twelve years ago in Crazy Stone as an actor.
user-181-619863 : As the first movie huang bo directed, its so much better than aiqinggongyu which came in the cinema same day.