Friday, June 11, 2010

Shutter Island (2010)

While at the Redbox hoping to nab The Wolfman, I discovered that I would have to settle for Shutter Island. I had hoped to see this in the theatre earlier in the year, but as always, a lack of babysitter kept us in the house.

Plot/ It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.

Shutter Island was definitely much more than I could have asked for, especially considering the mixed reviews and even the trailers that were released prior to the debut. This was more than just a thriller or horror film, in fact, it may be the be psychological thriller to come out in decades. To me, what I found in this film was certainly unexpected. Yes, the directing was spot on (which is the norm for Scorsese), but the combination of acting, effects and storyline were amazing and visually intriguing. Every thing definitely fell right into place. However, not everyone will definitely hold this film in the same regard, and many may not like it at all. For passing viewers, it may be too subtle and twisting and some horror/thriller fans may not like the lack of gore and blood, but those viewers looking for a complex nightmarish trip into suspense, this one is for you!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review. I've been dying to see it--missed it at the theater too. I was hoping for tense, psychological and atmospheric and I think this will provide all three.