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Shutter Island (2010; Rated Rated R)

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“Haunting, brilliant, challenging psychological thriller from one of the master directors of our time.”

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Shutter Island Review

Shutter Island

(2010; R)

In theaters:
Friday, 19 February 2010

Summary: Richard Roeper reviews Martin Scorses's "Shutter Island," starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Genre:
Crime, Drama, Historical, Mystery, Thriller

Director:
Martin Scorsese

Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson

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Brian said on Saturday, September 04, 2010 6:47:14 PM
This is a very good film. I read the book and my problem with the film is tone. It plays more like a thriller where as tge book, through the first half plays more like a crime drama and then makes the switch to paranoid-thriller. Still a good movie though I wish they stayed closer to the book.

Brendan said on Saturday, September 04, 2010 6:11:06 PM
I was disappointed by the end of the movie. The twists I thought were obvious, so much that I was expecting the real twist to be some reversal or left field twist on that twist.

Still, even knowing where it was going it was entertaining.

a different Michael said on Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:54:42 PM
(Trying this a 2nd time after 1st never appeared)

I viewed this at home on DVD. I did not think about the soundtrack after the first few minutes. It was immediately noticeable because it was dated but I accepted it as another character in the film. The surreal stage was established on the ferry as DiCaprio looks in the mirror and a few frames appear to be morphed. I only knew this was a thriller and that Scorsese had done well with Cape Fear so I was open to anything.

DiCaprio's performance hooked me from the start and nothing distracted me from it. I did not look to 2nd guess the plot. This film worked for me.

The only thing that pulled me out of the moment was the scene with Patricia Clarkson in the cave. There was too much described in words. They could have left out 3/4 of that exchange. Most of it was unnecessary. Very little of it advanced the story, in my opinion.

Since seeing the film I have read several comments and reviews. I have noticed that people have mistaken clues to be flaws in the film's continuity. This is a film that can be viewed more than once seeing it from a different perspective.

Michael said on Sunday, June 20, 2010 2:12:18 PM
I did not see this in a theater but I imagine that it would be different when the sound systems are typically too loud. I had no prior knowledge of the plot. I only knew it was a thriller. From the beginning I was engaged in DiCaprio's solid performance. There is a surreal quality in the cinematography that gives the film permission to be strange and unpredictable on many levels i.e. the morphing of the opening scene when DiCaprio has just splashed his face with water and looks at himself in the mirror. Watching this at home on DVD, I was aware of the soundtrack but it worked on that surreal level and I thought of it more like another character in the film. I did not attempt to predict the plot twists, that is a fad that couch potatoes do to feel smart ("oh you can't fool ME"). I enjoyed almost every minute of this film. However, 3/4 of Patricia Clarkson's dialog in the cave.......the scene spelled out far too much in words.

Yes... Good Fellas... don't forget Cape Fear.

Carlos Canales said on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:58:00 AM
Great work from a Great Master.I could sorta see the twist coming since the beginning cause I was expecting one, but the way the story plays is engaging and haunting.Leonardo has finally become a good actor in my book.

michael singer said on Saturday, April 10, 2010 4:08:43 PM
best male lead performance since bill murray should have beaten out sean penn

Matthew Lemma said on Thursday, April 08, 2010 6:16:42 PM
"Shutter Island" gave me a feeling of satisfaction I don't often get after watching a movie. What can I say, this is yet another Scorsese classic and it'll definitely make my best-of-the-year list. Such a haunting, mesmerizing, and memorable movie-going experience!

Sam said on Monday, March 29, 2010 10:26:37 PM
This movie has crashed my top 20 films, and I actually like it more than any other film he's done (his best is a completely different arguement, that no one will ever end)

It is rich, demented filmmaking, fantastic! I have NO problems with it. Absolutely NONE. I found it PERFECT. The twist is absolutely exceptional, I f@cking loved it.
The cast is an absolute treat. It's Dicaprios finest hour. And Michelle Williams was ASTOUNDING! Mark Rufullo Perfect, Ben Kingsley Perfect
I walked out of the theartre thinking ditch the gangsters do more of these!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marion said on Saturday, March 27, 2010 6:49:10 PM
One of the best films I have seen in years. Academy Award wnning performance by Leonardo DeCaprio.

Ben said on Saturday, March 06, 2010 6:13:05 PM
I was incredibly disappointed by this film for many reasons; I will limit myself to mention only the primary few.
The score was terrible, one of the worst I've heard in a movie. There was silence where the shouldn't have been, and it was frankly just to loud the rest of the time.
There were three 'twists' in the movie, and I guessed all of them from the trailer.
The writing was poor, I can't say much more than that. The biggest problem I had with the writing was that the intended audience was clearly the second-time-round veiwers. Little lines were 'hidden' throughout the movie to be discovered on second veiwing; the problem is that it makes the first time veiwing cheesy and predictable, with no source of entertainment for veiwers hopeful enough not to predict the ending.
Many scenes drag on WAY too long, especially the ending. We get it; move on.
Fortunately, the movie improves exponentially from the opening scene, and by the end I thought I was watching a decent movie. The story is intriguing enough to make Shutter Island worth watching on netflix, but save ten dollars and skip the theatre.

 
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