Movie Review: Shutter Island

  • I made the mistake of using prior to seeing the film to see what the general consensus was on Martin Scorcese’s latest.  DO NOT SKIM THE ROTTEN TOMATOES’ REVIEWS IF YOU DON’T WANT A SPOILER.  Some douchebag critic on there prefaced his review beginning with “I don’t think it’s much a spoiler to say…” actually, guy, it was a gigantic spoiler. (Thanks to dick Matthew Sorrento)
  • Performances overall were pretty solid.  I’ve never been a real fan of Leonardo DiCrapio, but he held his own on this one.  Ben Kingsly too.  Like me some of that Mark Ruffalo eye-candy…
  • Makeup and visuals were excellent.  Really set an overall dark atmosphere.
  • Character dialogue and character building also good.
  • Music created a great sense of suspense throughout the film
  • Portrayal of symptoms of psychosis were somewhat accurate-reminded me of Jim Carrey in “The Number 23” somebody was doing their homework.
  • I do think this is a movie better seen in the theaters than on video-the suspense and the foreboding doom is heightened and I don’t think it’ll have the same effect once out on DVD-even blu-ray
  • The ending did provide a M. Night Shamalama-esque feel to it.  “The Sixth Sense” isn’t really remembered for anything but the fact that it provided a twist at the end.  No moral or conclusion…I get the sense that others will have similar sentiments towards this film
  • I think everyone would agree that “Shutter Island” is by no means Scorcese’s best.  As a horror/suspense film alone this movie is fantastic, but attaching Martin Scorcese’s name raises the bar quite a bit.  Not to be ranked among “Goodfellas” or “Raging Bull” but worth one of the 10 best movie oscar noms this year.