Review: Shutter Island

Martin Scorese, if you or your people were to ever come across this blog—I applaud you sir!!!  I applaud you for the captivating and epic thriller that is, ‘Shutter Island.’

Now that all the ass-kissing is out of the way, let’s get to this review…

Adapted by Laeta Kalogridis and set in 1954, ‘Shutter Island’ tells the story of Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshal called upon to investigate the disappearance of a dangerous woman who has escaped from a mental hospital, located on the remote Shutter Island. Not everything is as it seems as Teddy is immediately thrown into a cat and mouse game, and the audience embarks on an intense ride from the first cue of the film’s score to the very last scene.

A brief disclaimer—if you don’t like to be jerked around mentally and like films that do all thinking for you–definitely save your $9.50, because I guarantee you will not enjoy this film.

But if you’re the type of person who likes thought-provoking films, that challenge you mentally–keep reading.

In one word, ‘Shutter Island’ is phenomenal. It has all the elements of a great film, great cast, excellent writing and direction, exceptional performances and most importantly it kept the audience wanting more.

Performance wise, Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of the best performances of his career, a performance I hope will be reminded come this time next year.  Seriously, somebody give this man an Oscar already!! Mark Ruffalo was also a joy to watch and of course the always amazing Ben Kingsley was just that, amazing.  And even in the few scenes she was in, Michelle Williams performance managed to touch the audience as well.

As I’m sure I’ve stated before, I have the gift and the curse of correctly predicting a films outcome within the first 30 minutes.  These predictions usually happen in my head, unless I’m with my friend Travis, who loves to vocalize his predictions. And of course, ‘Shutter Island’ was not the exception. Sure enough, like clockwork, he leaned over to me and whispered “I know what’s going to happen.” I replied with “me too.”

But here’s the thing, even though we predicted the outcome, we still left the theater with a ‘wtf’ look on our face.  Yes it is indeed that type of movie, where you think you know but you have no idea. Yet, everything comes together and the audience is allowed to make their own interpretations of the final result.

So to recap: ‘Shutter Island’ eat your Wheaties and put on your thinking cap, because you’re in for a mentally stimulating ride.

My Grade: 8.5/10

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