The Island's producers have blamed the movie's stars Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor for the critical-mauling its received. Producer Walter Parkes and his wife Laurie have used their website to stage a vicious attack on Johansson and McGregor, claiming their half-hearted efforts have resulted in a poor reception for the high-budget sci-fi epic. And Johansson's talents take the biggest beatings, with the husband and wife team claiming a television actress could have done a more professional job. They write, "Listen those are superstars of the future, not superstars of the present. Even lesser television actresses, quite honestly would have more connection to that audience."
I haven't seen the movie so I'm not going to comment on the performances, but to blame the stars for the movie's failure is complete bull**** IMO. Hell, there could be a number of reasons for its poor performance at the BO, but I doubt McGregor or Johansson had anything to do with it. Could it be that most people are simply tired of Michael Bay films? If you've seen one, you've seen 'em all, I say. I don't hate his films, I find them quite enjoyable, but some people get tired of the same CRASH, BOOM, CRASH plotlines and music video editing. Also, the film wasn't very well marketed, IMO. That could be another reason why it didn't so well. Don't get me wrong. I hate overhyped films where the film is on every billboard and the commericals run 24/7. But I think they could have done a better job at getting the word out so the awareness is there. Another possibility could be the fact that the movie seems to be a complete ripoff of another clone themed movie, "The Clonus Horror". Knowing Hollywood, I don't doubt this for a second. I'm sure the producers knew full well they ripping off another movie, and then they have the balls to blame the actors. Idiots. Or, could it be possible that the film is just not very good? Again, I haven't seen the film, so no comment there.