Shutter Island Review By Dylan
Shutter Island based upon the novel by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) is a psychological thriller that dwells deep into the mind.
Directed by Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Gangs Of New York) and starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, (The Departed, Titanic) Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, 54)
and Sir Ben Kingsley (The Love Guru, Gandhi) Shutter Island is a step
in a different direction from most of Scorsese's work. This isn't
such a bad thing but the worry that some people may have going into
this film is, DiCaprio and Scorsese working together again? Is this a
bad thing? The answer is no, so don't worry.
The story goes that a patient on Shutter Island has escaped the mental asylum and two Federal Marshall's (DiCaprio and Ruffalo) are sent to
the island to investigate and ultimately find the missing patient.
Being based on a novel i have no comparison to how to story transferred to the screen but in the end the story told on screen is
very good and i cant think the book would be all that different.
DiCaprio did seem a big miscast at first but after developing his character he does quite a good job. The supporting cast follow wonderfully,
Ruffalo doing a superb job and Kingsley doing quite a good job as the
owner and runner of the facility. Another performance that sticks out
quite good is Jackie Earl Hayley (Watchmen, Semi-Pro) as one of the
in-mates and John Carrol Lynch (Gran Torin, Hesher) as the Deputy
Warden. The smaller parts were also fantastic all the actors playing
the patients did wonderfully job and bringing the character to
The movie is made in a such away that a second viewing is a must, with clues given with the music and even the camera movement and
postilions to what is going on. One might say this is a downfall for
a film like this, but on your first viewing if you don't look to hard
you wont see and this also makes the second viewing more fun.
Shutter Island gives you an intriguing story and good acting, the re-use of the same piece of music through out the film constantly was a bit of
a downfall but this does not ruin the film.
This film is for those that appreciate it for what the story is and take a psychological
thriller. Id go check this out at the cinema if your interested.
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