Filmmaking giant Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller is set in 1954 at Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Boston's Shutter Island.... More
Detectives Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are investigating the mysterious disappearance of one of the patients - a murderess. Doctors refuse them access to records and the detectives start to believe illegal and sinister treatments are being undertaken. As a violent hurricane closes in on the isolated asylum and communication is cut off with the mainland, more criminals disappear, the clues multiply and Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner and even his sanity.
This is the fourth Scorsese and DiCaprio collaboration (after Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed).Hide
BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
Legendary director Martin Scorsese’s latest offering isn’t quite the masterpiece his army of fan boys and film buffs in general may have been expecting. The twist is a tad predictable, it’s a touch too long and the experimental nature of the narrative might see some write it off as weird.
Leonardo DiCaprio, however, continues to solidify his claim as one of Hollywood’s most talented working actors. He handles every shift in his character’s arc – pulpy gumshoe, caged animal, edge of madness – with skill and aplomb. Helping to no end is the fact that his supporting cast, particularly Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams, are perfect in their roles.
The technical crew deliver in spades. Production design emphasises menace and claustrophobia with a string of impressive sets. These are expertly presented through cinematography that pays tribute to old-fashioned B-grade genre movies while maintaining a decidedly modern aura. A soundtrack that is perfect for a thriller of this ilk lays beneath the visuals, cranking up the tension when necessary.
Of course, there is also Scorsese, conducting like a maestro from the director’s chair. Haunting imagery, strong conveyance of story, bold editing choices – he can do it all. Honestly, if you don’t like Scorsese’s work, maybe movies just aren’t your thing.
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BY ineedpants grader
Sorry to say that this movie is overhyped. I went into it expecting it to be mind-blowing, based upon friend's opinions and critic's reviews, but it didn't live up to the hype for me. Don't get me wrong: I loved it, and I think it is a great movie. But for starters, you can see the ending coming from very, very early on in the movie, so the big reveal is kinda wasted...
Brilliant actors saved this from being an average film along well known story lines. Lots of blue screen activity which were horrendously obvious - car, cliff and ship scenes - a empty glass slammed on the table seconds after an empty hand went to the mouth? Di Caprio, Ruffalo and Kingsley are too good for this film
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