Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island is the newest movie by Martin Scorsese, based on the book by Dennis Lehane and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley.

US Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are called to Shutter Island, a mental institution to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young woman (Emily Mortimer). As soon as they reach the island, a storm hits and they are prevented from leaving. Haunted by his own ghosts from the past, Teddy soon discovers that things are not what they seem on Shutter Island.

While the story is mostly good and Scorsese delivers fine work, the movie hinges on Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance. And boy, does he ever deliver… It was terrific to watch.

I’m not going to pretend that I was surprised by the movie. In fact, I saw the trailer and knew the plot twist that was coming; my suspicion got only further cemented as the movie progressed because had it been any other way, it would have been a really bad movie…

But it wasn’t a bad movie, not at all. Despite my being not surprised by the ending, I was completely caught up in the movie. Scorsese is a master in creating tension and that makes me enjoy movies I’d otherwise probably wouldn’t even watch. [Like this one. Or The Departed. Or Gangs of New York.]

And I loved the imagery of Teddy’s dreams… looked absofuckinglutely wonderful. [Some of which can be seen in the trailer, the scenes with Michelle Williams.]

But as I said above, the centre, heart and soul of this film are Leonardo DiCaprio and his performance. The cast was cleverly chosen to be a good backdrop for him, while the actors were still able to hold their own against him. [Especially Jackie Earle Haley comes close to be a total scene stealer. Again.]

Summarising: totally worth to see the movie, if for no other reason than to see Leo. [But there are other reasons as well. Trust me.]

4 thoughts on “Shutter Island (2010)

  1. Oh, awesome! I thought I was the only person I knew who really liked “Shutter Island”! I thought it was brilliant, everyone else I know who saw it whined that it was too dark and confusing…

    And yeah, I guessed the end too. But props for DiCaprio. And special props for Mark Ruffalo, because I thought he did a particularly fantastic job, really brought out his character’s empathy for Teddy, best of the supporting cast by my vote!

    • Seriously, too confusing? Have those people ever seen a movie with a plot twist? ;) [I wonder what they make of Memento, for example.]

      Mark Ruffalo was really good, too, you’re right. Though my vote for best supporting actor in this movie would probably still go to Jackie Earle Haley that’s probably only because he has the flashier role.

  2. I’d so have liked to see that movie. I’m a big fan of Leonardo di Caprio ever since Titanic and he never let me down.
    I miss his young face, though.

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