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Shutter Island

A 2010 thriller directed by Martin Scorsese.

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Loved it Until the Twist Ending

  • Jul 2, 2010
Rating:
+4
Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Rofolo are Federal Marshalls that arrive by ferry at Shutter Island.  This is a correctional facility for the criminally insane.  They were sent to investigate the escape of one of the "patients" in the facility.  On the way there DiCapprio seems to be seasick and at times he seems to be seeing weird things.  He keeps having visions and dreams of his dead wife and things that happened around a Nazi concentration camp.

When Leo and Mark get to the island they meet very serious and authoritative guards who treat them like intruders with no authority to do much.  They are immediately relieved of their firearms and told that their Federal Marshall standing carries no weight in the secure facility.  They are told there are three main buildings; one for men, one for women, and the last one (C Ward) is for the really dangerous "patients."  They are told that they can only enter C Ward with the head guard and the head doctor present.

They demand to see certain records but are put off and their requests to speak to certain "patients" are not treated with any sense of urgency.  They try to look around the grounds and get very roundabout explanations to places there.  In particular there is a lighthouse that Leo is told that it is nothing important and anyway it was already searched and showed no sign of the escaped patient.

Interviews with patients and orderlies seem to be coached and they can obtain no useful information.

The doctors there remind Leo of the Nazi atrocities that he saw in Dachow.  He has several flashbacks and dreams remembering things there and always he seems to always find a dead child that asks him "why couldn't you save me"?

Leo and Mark are told that they are trapped on the island and will never be permitted to leave.  Things get creepier as Mark disappears and Leo is told that he never had a partner. 

The movie grips you from the start and is eerie throughout.  You know there is something more going on because Leo seems to be searching for a patient there that torched his house, killing his wife (she keeps visiting him in dreams telling him where the killer is housed and urging Leo to kill him to avenge her).  I could have easily given it five stars but was a little disappointed by the twist ending.  Some of it did not seem plausible.



 

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July 02, 2010
Nice write up! I had similar feelings about this movie when I saw it. I thought it was real strong and I really enjoyed the exchanges between DiCaprio and Ruffalo; (if you read the graphic novel, it was even better) I just thought the twist didn't offer anything new and was derivative of other thrillers. I still liked this one, but it wasn't perfect for me.
July 02, 2010
Thanks woopak. Your comments are also special. It was difficult to write a more detailled review without giving spoilers. Is there only a graphic novel or is there also an actual book?
July 02, 2010
I only read the graphic novel unfortunately but I am pretty sure that it also has a book. I think it was the same author as "Gone Baby Gone". (but don't quote me on that)
 
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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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