Shutter Island

Shutter Island

(2009)

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

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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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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...


Excellent acting by all made for a very good movie, well worth seeing.


Shutter Island mashes together time-honoured cliches of '50s pulp and gothic thrillers with liberal doses of post-po-mo surrealism thrown in for good measure. And, for the most part, it's good fun. Hokey, hoary movie-bullsh!t, of course, but Scorsese's passion for the form makes all the difference: here's a story we've all seen before, told with flair and confidence by a man who not only knows film-making inside-out, but also appreciates the unique guilty pleasure of a big, lavish, silly studio... More spectacle. The production design and cinematography are fantastic (check those sets! And then just imagine lighting the b@stards!). The cast is full of reliable performers: Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Ted Levine, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams... even Leonardo isn't quite as irritating as usual here. However... and it's a big however... like a lotta Hollywood glamour-jobs, this runs much longer than necessary. Specifically, it takes forever to wrap up the Surprise Ending - this is particularly annoying since we've not only guessed the twist well in advance, but we've also worked out what it means, how it happened, and who means what to whom... but still, they dramatise every piece just in case you haven't caught up. The uninitiated may require that sort of over-cautious shepherding, but any thriller-fan (or just plain movie-fan) will probably feel the same way I did: slightly patronised and a little disappointed that such a wilfully berserk concoction leads to such a pedestrian finale.Hide


Loved this B-movie. Really well directed, good music, great acting. The stormy island is a perfect setting. Will be a little unusual for some multiplex junkies, but I'd recommend.


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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  • The film's primary effect is on the senses. Everything is brought together into a disturbing foreshadow of dreadful secrets. Full Review

  • He movie certainly keeps you in its grip from the opening scene: It's a nerve-twisting, tension-jammed exercise in pure paranoia and possibly Scorsese's most commercial film yet. Full Review

  • Mr. Scorsese in effect forces you to study the threads on the rug he is preparing, with lugubrious deliberateness, to pull out from under you. As the final revelations approach, the stakes diminish precipitously, and the sense that the whole movie has been a strained and pointless contrivance starts to take hold. Full Review

  • DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film’s laby­rinth. Full Review

  • Even when it's clear Scorsese has decided to employ fakery and allow it to be obvious, it's done with elegance and beauty. Full Review

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