Jul 29, 2020
The Island (2005) (part 3 of 3)
This might come as a shock, but Michael Bay is kind of a self-centered dick. From the very first moment of the commentary, he’s already talking about how “adamant” he was about including an opening dream sequence over the objections of DreamWorks studio heads. A dream sequence that has little to do with the movie, of course, other than introducing the kickass speedboat and providing another similarity to Clonus. Appropriately, this rant sets the tone for the commentary to follow.
When Michael Clarke Duncan first makes his appearance, Bay immediately pimps how he “discovered” Duncan at a gym. He says he convinced him to take the part in Armageddon by telling him he’d be “the first black man who does not die first”. Apparently, that was the big “twist” in Armageddon. And we all missed it!