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Shutter Island

A 2010 thriller directed by Martin Scorsese.

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Shutter Island - 2010

  • Jan 11, 2011
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Pros: DiCaprio and Scorsese, a great duo

Cons: none for me

The Bottom Line:
"Lord, this bitter earth
Yes, can be so cold
Today you're young
Too soon, you're ol"
~Dinah Washington

The Movie:
Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule are U. S. Marshalls, traveling to Shutter Island, off the Boston coast, to find an escapee.  Shutter Island houses the criminally insane, those that weren't able to remain in your standard prison.  It is a desolate place, almost Alcatraz like in its surroundings, and the Marshalls are hard pressed to figure out how someone could escape from a locked cell in the middle of the night without anyone seeing her.

Soon after their arrival, Teddy begins to have suspicions about not only the disappearance of the patient but also the conduct of the prison and authorities there as well.  We watch a series of flashbacks throughout the movie, telling of his prior life; both the interactions with his wife and his time in the military when he was part of the division that freed prisoners in a concentration camp.

His wife, Delores, appears regularly in the movie to warn him, taunt him and tease him.  When these flash backs happen he has a frantic, almost irritating, demeanor that makes you wonder what is really going on with him.

He also portends to have another agenda, looking for the inmate that was responsible for the fire that killed his wife a few years back.  As the storm rages outside, a different storm rages inside ... a lot of it in the minds of the patients and Marshalls.

Shutter Island carries an R rating for language, nudity, disturbing violent content.  It was nominated for 8 awards, winning two.

The Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the part of Teddy Daniels.  His gaunt, quirky appearance adds to the part he is playing.  Mark Ruffalo played his sidekick, Chuck.  With a laid-back demeanor, he offset DiCaprio's more irritating mannerisms.

Doctors were played by Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow, both of which really need no further information.  Their respective roles were delivered with their usual dedication and directness.

Smaller supporting roles went to Jackie Earl Haley, Patricia Clarkson, Ted Levine, Elias Koteas, and Michelle Williams.

This film was directed by Martin Scorsese with a tightness  and fludity you have come to expect.  Writing was done by Laeta Kalogridis from the novel by Dennis Lahane.   Of course it has a twist ending but not meant to shock you, simply explain the story further.  Scorsese built to this slowly and most had figured it out long before it was delivered.  I can't say I was overjoyed with the ending but it fit within the movie.

One thing I really liked was the way they played DiCaprio against Ruffalo with both parts being overlaid by the violence of the storm building int he movie.  Ruffalo appears almost placid, calm, unfazed, while DiCaprio seems to grow ever more out of control, much like Mother Nature herself.  Overall an impressive film.


this is an entry into the January Lean-n-Mean contest.

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January 13, 2011
I am with Robert. This movie was pretty good. Thanks, Susi!
January 23, 2011
thanks woopak, it was a decent flick ... Susi
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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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