Shutter Island Movie Reviews

Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Release Date: Feb 19, 2010

Genre: DramaSuspense/Thriller

Rating: (R)

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  • 4
    Yeah, it was a good flick. Alfred Hitchcock fans recognized the story of course, as it was pretty much the identical plot of Al's second televised episode, circa 1955. Scorcese ain't all that original, but it was good.
  • 4
    Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The trailer threw me off as far as the genre of the movie. . . .it surprised me when I realized that this movie was actually a psychological thriller. Excellent job by Leonardo DiCaprio and the entire cast. Mr. Scorcese, another feather in your cap. I highly recommend it, a must see.
  • 5
    Left feeling like a nut case. Thougth I lost my mind. Leonardo DiCaprio reminded me of Jack Nicholson, Yes I noticed you copied some of his moves.....good movie. I think that I will have to watch it again so I can figure out everything to be sure I got it right (one of those).
  • 4
    This was an enjoyable movie. The first thing I noticed about the movie was the mood that was cast by the excellent sound track and use of music. It was used in a way that gave intensity to the film. You really get the feeling that you are in the 1950's from the actor's performances as well as the look of the scenery.

    The movie moves along almost becoming slow but somehow Scorsese found a way using the plot and music to add momentum even during the slowest parts of the film. I wasn't bored at any point in the movie. Most movies have that predictable 20 - 30 minute span about 3/4 of the way through the movie where you know you'll be waiting for them to finally move on past the overly emotional or redundantly overemphasized plot angle that they are trying to get through. This one seemed to flow and it kept my interest throughout.

    The ending is great and causes you to question what you have thought about the plot up to that point. You aren't really sure what the ending will be until it happens.

    This movie was great and is well worth seeing in the theaters.
  • 2
    Well, I require quite a bit from movies before I recommend them, and I can't bring myself to recommend this film. I was left with the feeling that the book was probably a damn good read.

    I liked the actors fine and everybody seemed dedicated to their roles, but it all came together to leave me with an odd feeling of not really caring about these people. It was Hitchc***ian, but not in a good way. The twists and turns threaten to lose you and as soon as you decide to give up trying to follow the craziness, it pauses long enough to regain your interest and restore your hope that they ARE going somewhere with all the dark and stormy set decorations.

    This film is nowheres near as good as "Cape Fear".
  • 3
    More than anything, Martin Scorsese is a student of film. He has soaked up the history of cinema. Unlike most film geeks, Scorsese doesn't imitate his influences. He learns from them, and then twists their lessons into his own style. He's an original, and these days, an anomaly: a filmmaker that understands that all of the moving parts need to work together, even if that means making his audience uncomfortable. Though I am not a huge fan of all of his work, I've always admired his style and attention to the actual craft of filmmaking.

    In Shutter Island, Scorsese creates what may be his most commercial film to date. This isn't to say that the film is a kinder, gentler Scorsese. It's still filled with all of the tension and kinetic energy you expect from him. But by moving away from the raw reality that makes up most of his work and taking on a genre piece (in this case a film noir), he has, for the first time in as long as I can remember, made a good old fashioned movie, and not a piece of art to be admired. Along with Leonardo DiCaprio's US Marshal Teddy Daniels, we are taken to this insane asylum on an island in the middle of nowhere to search for an escaped killer. As Teddy searches for her, his own lines of sanity and insanity become blurred.

    And this is where Scorsese won me over. Instead of the detached, almost verite quality of most of his work, he throws us into this psychological maze along with the main character, allowing us to feel every bit of tension that Teddy feels. At times, you can almost feel Scorsese behind you, smiling as he pulls the audience's strings. The cast is uniformly excellent, following along with the master to hit just the right notes in their performance. The music, cinematography, and design all add to the overall feeling of darkness and dread.

    Shutter Island isn't a perfect film. There's a bit too much going on, and the ending leaves something to be desired. But in his 5th decade as a director, Scorsese proves that he's still firing on all cylinders. And that's good enough for me.
  • 4
    Great director, lousy material. Scorsese shot a creepy film, but the twist ending wasn't that big of a surprise to me. The story doesn't cut it.

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