Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shutter Island is a place of intrigue, suspense and disappointment...

Shutter Island is a suspenseful world of mystery and intrigue, but ultimately for me, a disappointment too.

It's hard to tell you much about the story without giving the game away, but it's a well made film, very atmospheric and engaging, but when you pull back the curtains and the twist is revealed, it all seems a bit predictable.
Shutter Island film billboard
In Martin Scorcese's thriller set in 1954, U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) ventures to the remote Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a criminally insane patient from a psychiatric facility shrouded in mystery.

From the beginning of the movie, the soundtrack is used to great effect to add drama and an impending sense of doom, even though at times it does come across a bit heavy-handed.

There are also a few surprises during the course of the investigation and the flashbacks to Nazi concentration camps and the scenes with his dead wife are especially visually interesting.

The trailer had me expecting a much more gruesome and gory affair, with a much quicker pace, but I have to say the movie dragged a bit for me and the action and threat never lived up to the promise of the preview.
Shutter Island movie poster
At times I also thought that Leonardo DiCaprio was trying to 'act' too hard, but essentially this movie revolves around him, so he's carrying the whole story which can't be easy.

Overall I give Shutter Island three *** stars, but by it's very nature, it's not a film that I need to see again in a hurry.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming Oscars, but I'm also looking forward to moving past them so there will be a whole new slew of movies to watch too...

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