July 20, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Island

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
138 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/22/05
performer
Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, Djimon Hounsou
director
Michael Bay
author
Caspian Tredwell-Owen
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy
We gave it a B+

The signposts of Elin Hilderbrand’s wildly successful genre fiction are all here in The Island, from her protagonists (WASPy, wine-loving beauties all) to the setting (always New England, always summer) to the book’s cover (yet another iteration of sandy, slim-ankled limbs). But as escapist beach reads go, her latest is consistently smarter and more compelling than it needs to be. This tale of a middle-aged divorcée’s monthlong sojourn on tiny, rustic Tuckernut Island with her art-world sister and two troubled daughters zips along with the kind of well-limned romantic drama that keeps poolside readers out of the water for hours. B+

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