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Shutter (Widescreen) (Unrated Edition) (2008)

A movie directed by Masayuki Ochiai

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  • Jul 20, 2010
Shutter (Widescreen) (Unrated Edition)


This is another American remake of a film that was much better and came from another country. This time around it is based on the Thai film I do believe and much like the rest of the American remakes this one is not as good as the original. In fact if it was not for the ending this one would be really lacking because it just felt like, I don't know. I just did not get into this one as much as others and found it to be just your average remake. I guess there will never be a really good American remake at least for a while.

Ben and Jane are newlywed's that are moving to Japan for Ben's new job, he is a photographer. His friends helped him get the job and he could not be happier, until his wife starts to have ghostly images appear before her. It does not take long before the ghostly woman starts to cause bodily harm and now Ben is seeing her two. As time goes on all those around Jane start to feel the effects of this spirit because all is not what it seems. So as Jane struggles to find out what is going on people start to get picked off one by one as time runs.

This film suffers from just being too much like the rest of the remakes out there and therefore just feels old. The performances are good as far as I am concerned and there are some good moments like the ending. The thing is that is still not enough to save this movie from just being average. There are some decent deaths in this and the story is cool especially when every thing starts to come together. Rachael Taylor plays Jane and performs fine as does Joshua Jackson and the rest of the cast. David Denman and John Hensley are great in this and make for a good surprise along with Jackson's character.

Like I said this movie is not horrible it is just average and too much like every other remake out there. Still if you have not seen it a rental would be sufficient but I recommend the original film. Also I recommend the unrated version mainly because of the kills which I guess is the only reason there is a unrated version. To be honest I have not seen the rated version but it can't be better than the unrated.

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July 28, 2010
If it were up to me there would be a law prohibiting remakes for at LEAST 10 years after a foreign film's American release. That would stop 'em. AND we'd get more foreign releases too.
July 28, 2010
Sounds like a good idea, I'am for that law
July 20, 2010
As you remember, I loved the Thai original and I hated this remake. You should check this out: COMING SOON, a Thai film from the creators of the original Shutter.

Nice review, Alex! 
July 21, 2010
Cool, thanks WP.
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Based on a 2004 Thai horror flick, this surprisingly effective Hollywood remake is actually set in Tokyo. That's where newlywed hubby Joshua Jackson has taken bride Rachael Taylor (Transformers) for an ill-advised honeymoon. They hit a woman standing in the middle of a spooky road, after which all sorts of ghosts seem to emerge from Jackson's camera (he's come to Japan for a fashion-photography gig). Can our plucky heroine, a fish out of water in a confusing city, find the answer to this haunted puzzle? Well, yes, but she won't like what she finds.Shutteris distinguished by director Mayasuki Ochiai's compositional eye, which favors the empty, creeped-out spaces in which ghosts might dwell. The movie also gets into the phenomenon of "spirit photography," which suggests that the dear departed make their presence known as white flashes in snapshots. That stuff's kind of fun; unfortunately, Ochiai's ear for dialogue is as clunky as his eye is sharp, and Jackson and Taylor are saddled with some truly unfortunate exposition. The actors don't leave much of an impression either, although Megumi Okina (leading lady ofJu-on: The Grudge) is sufficiently spooky as a woman who will not be ignored.--Robert Horton
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Director: Masayuki Ochiai
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
Runtime: 85 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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