When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Teddy uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he learns there are some places that never let you go.
Gripping and evocative. Brilliant.
- Shutter Island review by SM
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The pace, lighting and plot are gripping as Leonardo investigates the strange case of a missing patient in a secure unit on Shutter Island. How can a person disappear with the security systems being in place and on an isolated island? Everything appears to conspire against Leonardo finding out the truth. His paranoia is pervading. We were on the edge of our seats until the last minute. Brilliant performances by Leonardo and Kingsley. A haunting film which raises issues about mental health (e.g. at what extent are patients classified as mentally insane untrustworthy, is insanity a coping mechanism, what social support systems available to help patients with mental issues). I found this film moving, though-provoking and haunting. Brilliant- one of the best I have seen for 2010.
dont forget your raygun
- Shutter Island review by SP
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like a lot of these recent US super twisting thrillers, they essentially confuse themselves so much in trying to be clever that the only option for the final reveal is disappointing absurdity. time spent watching what is quite a good looking film is sadly wasted as the struggle for a ending becomes creeping in until the whole production panics and delivers a final 40mins through gritted smiles telling us the equivalent that all the baddies were aliens and it was all just a dream anyway.
but if it was on tv youd watch it and probably stay up to see the ending.
Loved this film - right up my street. Would never have guessed how it would end. Became extremely anxious for the lead character wondering if he would find himself in a situation which he couldn't get out of - and indeed he did but not how you would expect!! Really tense film where you were willing him to get away. Reminded me of the Saturday matinees at my local cinema back in the 60s where you would scream out at the screen warning your hero just to run as fast as they can. Well worth a watch.
A really great film - I'd watch it again. If you have seen inception and enjoyed it then you will definitely enjoy this. Is Teddy dreaming? Is anything real? You can guess but even the last frame will leave you wondering.
I thought the film wasn't a patch on the book. My gf and I had both read the book before watching the film and were both a little disappointed. I know it is usually the case where the book is better than the film, and I'm sure if I had watched the film before reading the book, I probably would have enjoyed it. I guess thats a risk you have to take! Leo was good as the main character and I thought they re-created several scenes very well. As with all films made from books though, so much was missed out. My advice, read the book, skip the film, unless you have a major desire to see it.