The Island: Growing People for Their Parts
Stephen McGarveyStephen McGarvey is the Executive Editor of Crosswalk.com and Christianity.com for the Salem Web Network. He is a World Journalism Institute fellow and has previously worked for BreakPoint with Chuck Colson, and the Home School Legal Defense Association. His articles have appeared in several publications including WORLD, The Washington Times, byFaith, BreakPoint WorldView, and the Union Leader (Manchester, NH).
- 2005 Aug 01
I saw the movie The Island this past weekend, and Christian Hamaker’s review is certainly accurate.
The film offers a provocative, timely scenario that raises important questions about human identity and bio-ethics, but it stops short of exploring the full implications of the moral problems raised.
The first 1/3 of the movie set up and interesting scenario that the rest of film never really explores. The Island instead to devolves into the typical running and chasing and explosions for which director
The premise of The Island is intriguing to me. With the biotech age now upon us, and the issues surrounding cloning becoming more and more real every day, we will be seeing an increasing number of movies dealing with the topic. Yet despite our culture’s largely pragmatic approach to science and life issues, The Island is based on a sound premise. Growing people for their body parts is wrong. This premise is really never questioned in the movie. The creator of the facility holding the clones is portrayed as a devious liar, who will stop at nothing (murder included) to protect his immoral enterprise. The issue of whether or not the clones are truly human is not debated. They are human, and how they are treated is wrong.
Those who hold to a Christian worldview approach to the sanctity of life would do well to note such manifestations of popular culture. Sure the movie could have been better, much better. But it’s good to see a biotech film where the ends clearly don’t justify the means.