March 23, 2010
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Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Laeta Kalogridis
Based on the Novel by: Dennis Lehane
Producers: Martin Scorsese/Bradley J. Fischer/Mike Medavoy/Arnold W. Messer
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio/Ben Kingsley/Mark Ruffalo/Michelle Williams
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 138 minutes
Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island. Shutter Island is a weird yet brilliant movie from genius director Martin Scorsese. The story was gripping and felt like it was a movie from the fifties with a modern touch. The acting was fantastically authentic and Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance was superb as he shows the emotions of the confused and delusional Teddy Daniels and his journey on the mysterious Shutter Island.
The characters were well-depicted and brilliantly brought to life. Director Martin Scorsese pays a lot of attention to the movie. The visuals were striking but some scenes were executed poorly (although I think that could be the effect for the movie). Combine the visuals with the menacing music and you get a suspenseful and tense thriller.
Shutter Island is a brilliant movie that I think anyone who loves Scorsese movies or thrillers would love. While most of the movie is fantastically executed and nicely shot, I pretty much guessed the big twists in the movie in the first five to ten minutes, however there are other little surprises that aren’t so predictable. Overall, it’s a brilliant movie with a fantastic cast of actors and a genius crew. This is a great Scorsese movie that takes you on a disturbed and mysterious ride. If you like a good thriller or you’re into film noir, then I recommend this title.