Shutter Island

Posted by on February 25, 2010 • Filed Under Movies

I saw Shutter Island earlier today with one of my good friends, Juan, and I really loved the movie. Martin Scorsese is an amazing director, he has done many excellent movies, and while many people might not find this movie spectacular (from what I’ve read and heard), I liked it a lot. If you like psychological thrillers, then you will probably like this movie.

It’s dark and surreal, which is something I really like seeing in movies, it sort of haunts you in a way that you sometimes feel like you’re there, experiencing it all. Surrealism should be presented more, it’s amazing. I think the movie was beautifully shot, and the performances by the actors were really good. I’ve always said Leonardo DiCaprio is an underrated actor, he’s done wonderful movies and his acting abilities should be recognized more. Also, that man is almost 40 years old and still looks almost the same as 8-10 years ago.

I’m looking forward to watch it again, probably when it comes out in Blu-Ray, so I can analyze it better. With these types of movies, you have to watch them a few times to understand everything, sometimes you forget about bits and pieces that help you figure out the storyline better.

Here’s the plot of the movie, for those of you who don’t know what is it about:

In 1954, U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are assigned to investigate the escape of a patient at the federal maximum security hospital/prison for the criminally insane located on Shutter Island. Once on the island, they find that the hospital and prison staffs aren’t really cooperating with their investigation. It seems that the staff is hiding a big secret and Teddy is going to uncover it. Teddy believes that if he can see the records that he would break the case. In the meantime, the island is hit by a hurricane, and more dangerous patients escape and must be captured. This gives Teddy and Chuck the opportunity to check out some of the buildings that they were denied to go. What Teddy finds is the answer he was looking for. Remember, things aren’t always what they seem to be.

Have you seen ‘Shutter Island’? Did you like it?


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    edythemighty

    Feb 25, 2010

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    Saw it this day last week. While I do agree that the scenes were beautifully shot (this is Scorcese after all) as a psychological thriller it failed for me. In the infamous words of Peter Griffin: "It insists upon itself". There isn't a single moment in this movie where I felt challenged by the suspense of not knowing the truth. It all felt really bland. Ok, there was one moment, and that was Jackie Earle Haley's scene. That one moment where reality and imagination crossed borders perfectly. I didn't get that feeling anytime else in the movie, even in the peak of the movie where he's confronted in the lighthouse. I must admit, that last line was ingenious, and makes me want to read the book. I'm sure I'll find a much more engaging experience there. Overall this felt like the artsy psychological thriller big name stars feel they have to do, but fell short of the mark.

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    Jenny

    Feb 26, 2010

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    I've heard so many great things about this movie, and at first I was like "eh", but now I really want to go see it. I've always like Leo as an actor, and I can't believe he's almost 40! He still looks as young (and yummy) as he did in the Titanic days :) .-= Jenny´s last blog ..UMD ni ikimashou =-.

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    Clarisse

    Feb 26, 2010

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    Wow. It seems like a nice movie but I'm not into CRIME MOVIES and stuff. :) I don't like to see movies with guns. Gets? xD HAHA. BTW, mind to exchange links?

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    ramcosca

    Feb 26, 2010

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    I have not yet seen the movie, but I'm interested in watching it. Also: Leo's almost 40?! Whoa! .-= ramcosca´s last blog ..So it’s been three years, huh? =-.

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