Apr 3, 2019
The Island (2005) (part 2 of 3)
As someone who’s seen Parts: The Clonus Horror more times than I care to count, I was trying my best not to deliberately look for similarities between Clonus and The Island. For the sake of fairness, I wanted to imagine two writers working independently, both beginning with the same basic concept of “a clone farm for the rich and powerful”. Given that, could they conceivably have come up with two scripts this similar?
Probably not. In fact, the plot outline of The Island is identical to Clonus, except with a few key scenes rearranged. And there may be a number of plot points that are new to The Island, but as I learned from the DVD commentary, almost every scene without a Clonus counterpart was the idea of Michael Bay. So Tredwell-Owen’s original script was probably even more like Clonus than the finished film. I won’t go through all ninety points of contention from Fiveson’s complaint, but here’s what I think are the key similarities between the two movies.