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Shutter Island

A 2010 thriller directed by Martin Scorsese.

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Step through the gates of Ashecliffe and into a place of pure madness and chaos....

  • Feb 24, 2010
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Have you ever had a dream that was impossible to wake up from, you felt like you were falling and falling   but you never seemed to hit the ocean below. Sometimes in our lives, we hit such a point in our lives that everything seems unreal to us that were just living a big dream   day in and day out. Martin Scorsese's psychological horror thriller "Shutter Island" explores those ideas and how sometimes even when everything in our life may seem out of place, may seem like there    is no you can trust, like everything and everyone is out to get you... welcome to your own nightmare.

 

 

 

"Shutter Island" is unique among other horror thrillers as while most try to     evoke pandemonium and fear, "Shutter Island"  doesn't take that path instead it creates a new one  causing the audience to think while  bring out the very  basic  essence of fear  and paranoia. This film is breathtaking in its dark and morbid scenery, haunting with its flashy yet subtle visuals tricks. What really makes this Scorsese’s mind bender a twisted   masterpiece is the fact that it actually scares you while keeping your interest focused on the story and not on how much blood is being splattered everywhere as many horror films do these days. "Shutter Island” is the most unconventional and unpredictable thriller to come out in the last year it is a testament that just because Scorsese is old he is never out. "Shutter Island" is a work of malicious and devious design it cast its spell on you from the time the ominous score starts to play your trapped and there is no way out until the credits roll.

 

 

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of his best  and most unhinged  performances as  U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, DiCaprio is know for playing roles that most actors would pass up and in them turning down the role he steps in   and makes it more than just a character on the screen. Here DiCaprio once again proves why he is one of cinema's modern greats playing a part that for a normal actor would cause extreme difficulty to make it believable. But DiCaprio shows no fear  jumping head first into the unknown and pushing himself harder than ever before, DiCaprio may come off as a little heavy handed when all is said and done    but  him getting there is just half the fun. Mark Ruffalo is a huge favorite of mine and here he shows that he can play with the big boys. Ruffalo  is a class act in this and though his part is small it is pivotal and crucial to telling the  dark story of the film   Ruffalo doesn't cheat you  he gives you the performances that you know you would expect from him and maybe  a little  more. Ben Kingsley is  great and almost steals the show with his calm and collective performance  but what ultimately  causes him from calming the show stealer  spot light is  his grayed character  and his almost lack of interest in showing his true commitment to this films story. But nonetheless Kingsley is exemplary and a truly worth opponent for Leonardo DiCaprio. Michelle Williams is the one who steals the show she almost tops everyone with her haunting and menacing performance. Without Williams  in this role  the film wouldn't have had thee same impact or effect  it takes a very determined and skilled actress to play a part like this  as it requires someone who is ready, willing and able to go so far out there that there's no way back  and Williams does just that. The rest of the cast is fantastic, help add more effect to the creepy and ominous atmosphere of this film, and help make this one of the best thrill rides of this year.  

 

 

 

 

 

"Shutter Island" is like someone trying to attack you from the shadows you don't see them but you feel there presences  that effect is what this film has on the audience it leaves with that haunting feeling  that there is something out of place, something missing. And you just cannot shake it no matter how hard you try; "Shutter Island" may not appeal to gore happy fans of blood soaked horror films. However, for those who are able to immerse themselves into the story this film will standout forever as one of the best of the best   and prove once again that Scorsese is the master when it comes to psychological terror.

Step trhough the gates of Ashcliffe and into a place of pure madness and chaos....

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April 18, 2010
This was a little predictable for me but the acting was great that I was kept in suspense for the most part. Great review!
 
March 01, 2010
Great review! I agree with many of the sentiments expressed here! I'm writing up my own review for the film as well.
March 01, 2010
Thank you.
 
February 25, 2010
Nice review. I'm still debating as to whether or not I will see this. I've heard some bad and good things about it, but it just doesn't sound like one of Scorsese's better films. Still, it has an interesting premise, a great director, and a strong cast, so who knows?!
March 01, 2010
You should see it. ;)
 
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Shutter Island is a 2010 thriller-period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. Production started in March 2008. Shutter Island was originally slated to be released on October 2, 2009, but Paramount pushed the release date to February 19, 2010.  Paramount head executive Brad Grey blamed the recent economic downturn as the main decision behind the delayed release date.

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Director: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: February 19, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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