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THE I-LAND
September 12, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new Netflix limited series has a clever title – taking Apple’s ubiquitous iprefix, which already has given us such resonant TV series names as iZombie, and using it for a high-tech, computer-generated artificial environment equivalent of a deserted island. Or i-Land, get it? Sure, okay. But this story, which introduces us to 10 people who wake up on the same deserted isle with no memories, and have to work their way though a threatening, mysterious island while remembering and confronting their pasts. Yes, it owes an embarrassing debt to Lost, but The I-Land isn’t nearly as engaging. Or, once its central conceit is revealed, as dramatic. But no – their arrival on the island has nothing to do with a three-hour cruise. Natalie Martinez, Kate Bosworth and Bruce McGill star.
 
 
 
 
 
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