I will now adopt my best David Spade voice:
Obviously, any movie about people being raised as cloned spare parts for the rich and powerful is going to have some elements in common, but this one seems very close. All the clones are kept in peak physical condition by being told that they are going to be rewarded with a trip to America (“Clonus”)/The Island (“The Island”). We’re shown one clone being subjected to the parts harvesting while he thinks he’s being rewarded. Then one guy falls in love with a fellow clone, learns the secret of what really happens to them, escapes and is pursued by the cloners. That’s the story of “Clonus”. Or, add lots of explosions and special effects and you have Michael Bay’s “The Island.”
No, I’m not the first person to notice. Apparently, MST3K Info Club is besieged with people e-mailing them to point this out.
MST3K’s Paul Chaplin points out a few implausible bits about the premise of “Clonus”, a 1970s movie, and at least one of these nitpicks is still relevant to “The Island”:
Since the older clones (in the world of the film) are really getting on in years, some of them nearing forty and even fifty, evidently this top-secret project has been around since at least the 1930’s. Unless I’m mistaken, science in the 1930’s consisted almost entirely of spindly rockets rising twelve feet and crashing back to the ground.
So the movie’s implausible, I guess is my point.
Another thing: the great majority of these clones would never get used! Most of us go through life and never need a transplant of any sort, so what you’d have is a bunch of really old clones, hanging around, expecting to be entertained and fed. Which would be okay, they seem fairly easy to keep happy, but what would be the point? I ask you. — Paul Chaplin.