Movies: Future Looks Grim. Again

The Island, a movie about clones, suggests that good health care will come at a very steep price

If we're to believe The Island, the private sector, in the very near future, is about to make Halliburton and the rest of those scary big guys look like a kids' corner lemonade stand. Director Michael Bay's new movie posits a secretive biotech operation offering rich people the opportunity to have their very own, disease-free clones. In other words, for $5 million you can have a more or less living insurance policy. Need a kidney transplant? You got it, helicoptered right to the operating room.

It's a sweet, even vaguely plausible, scheme. The clones are kept in a nice white bunker,...

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