Although I liked The Island for what it was, I would not call it the best sci-fi in 10 yrs. For that distinction, it should be original, have great characters, or thought-provoking. For me, having just great action scenes is NOT what good sci-fi is about. Unfortunately, that's what Hollywood thinks, so instead of thought-provoking classics like The Day The Earth Stood Still, Soylent Green, Forbidden Planet, Planet of the Apes, and The Matrix, we get over-the-top films like ID4.
In the first half of The Island, I saw much of the film was borrowed from Logan's Run, THX1138, Coma (I haven't seen The Clonus Horror). As far as the action is concerned, it was over-the-top, highly unbelievable, like superhero comic-book stuff or Roger Moore era James Bond and detracted from the basic storyline and its implications. In recent yrs, Hollywood hasn't been able to make a good sci-fi flick w/o resorting to action & CGI. However, it redeemed itself with WOTW. Not only did WOTW capture the terror, confusion, and devastation, it combined that with state-of-the-art special effects and action sequences. I was on the edge of my seat for 2 hrs with that film.
My wife and I agreed that about 20 minutes could have been edited out of the The Island and made it a tighter & more enjoyable movie. THX1138 it is NOT. And more scenes should have been devoted to Scarlet
I hope to be intrigued with the original Russian version of Solaris, since I got the DVD last week. 12 Monkeys and The Matrix should be on the top ten list, for sure. I can't remember when The Abyss came out, but it too was thought provoking, had the wonderment of a hostile and deadly environment, and showed humanity and its best & worst.