Shutter Island (2010)

Pull Yourself Together, Teddy

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Williams

Genre: Thriller/ Mystery/Drama

Type: Mainstream

Running Time: 138 minutes

Rated R (for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity)

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time to give us a haunting psychological thriller that will keep you guessing from start to finish. A mesmerizing story perfectly and uniquely executed by Scorsese, accompanied by a stellar performance from DiCaprio.  Teddy (DiCaprio) goes to a mental facility for the criminally insane on a secluded island to investigate the disappearance of one the patients. However, everything is not as it seems. Tension and suspense is built up right from the beginning and does not dissipate as the film goes on. You can tell this film was meticulously put together, where every single piece of it means something, even if you think it doesn’t at first. Watch very closely, don’t even blink. Yes, that’s right. For the whole 2 hrs 18 mins, do not blink.  You know those movies that are way too long and have too much dead time? That is not Shutter Island. You will find yourself so immersed you won’t even notice what time it is.

The Long and Short: I never looked away from the screen and was totally immersed, which hasn’t happened in a while. In my opinion, Scorsese definitely reminded true film lovers what real films are all about (i.e. not special effects *cough Avatar cough*). Even after the movie, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I am sure that even months later I will still be thinking about it.

My Recommendation: I’m not sure whether its the story (read Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane) or the cinematography or a combination, but this one is definitely a highly recommended must-see.

Favourite Scene: When Teddy has the flashback of his wife and kids in the lake.

Verdict:  A+


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