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The Island

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Elin Hilderbrand | The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

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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