Shutter Island (2010, Psychological Mystery Thriller) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer (Screenplay): Laeta Kalogridis
Writer (Original Novel): Dennis Lehane
Producer: Mike Medavoy
Producer: Arnold W. Messer
Producer: Bradley J. Fischer
Producer: Martin Scorsese
Executive Producer: Laeta Kalogridis
Executive Producer: Dennis Lehane
Leonardo Di Caprio: Teddy Daniels
Mark Ruffalo: Chuck Aule
Ben Kingsley: Dr. Cawley
Michelle Williams: Dolores
Emily Mortimer: Rachel 1
Patricia Clarkson: Rachel 2
Jackie Earle Haley: George Noyce
Ted Levine: Warden
John Carroll Lynch: Deputy Warden McPherson
Max von Sydow: Dr. Naehring

Shutter Island (2010)

US Marshal Teddy Daniels arrives at Shutter Island – an isolated facility for housing the criminally insane – to help them find a missing prisoner / patient.

6/10

Like all Scorsese movies this feels like it goes on forever yet it is rammed with great acting (Leonardo Di Caprio is superb, again), great cinematography, striking visuals, intriguing details, something to talk about afterward and plenty of interesting words and story. It even ends with an intriguing scene where SPOILER a probably sane Leo pretends to be insane so he can be lobotomised instead of having to live with his trauma. It’s even illuminating / stunning to revisit scenes with the knowledge of the first viewing. But like all Scorsese movies I’ve watched, it simply doesn’t hold the attention. The pace is smooth but lingering; it’s almost as if the film is going along with you hand-in-hand but mystery thrillers shouldn’t. They should be a step or so ahead, continually forcing you to quicken your pace to keep up; always turning and telling you to ‘come on, this’ll be great.’ Shutter Island is like a museum tour by a tired guide.

This movie contains sexual swear words, strong adult dialogue and strong graphic violence, unpleasant and very gory scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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