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Shutter Island (2010)

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5/10: Shutter Island
Saturday, February 5, 2011

This dark looking film was bigged up quite a lot at the time of release, and it was the fourth time director Martin Scorsese was teaming up with his star of Gangs of New York, I had to see what this film was about. Basically set in 1954, World War II veteran and current federal marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are heading to Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island located in Boston Harbor. They are investigating the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), who was incarcerated for drowning her three children, but the staff are confrontational, lead psychiatrist Dr. John Cawley (Sir Ben Kingsley) refuses to turn over records, and Solando's doctor, Dr. Sheehan, left the island for vacation immediately after her disappearance. Daniels has constant migraine headaches and is haunted by both his experiences in the Dachau liberation reprisals, and the death of his wife...

8/10: Mesmerizing piece of filmmaking from one of the greats
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" went a bit under the radar after the big hype ended as it was released right before Christopher Nolan's "Inception" starring Leonardo DiCaprio also. This adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel turned out very nicely, however. The screenplay was written by Laeta Kalogridis, who was also in charge of the script to the infamous "Alexander", but if her talent was somehow in question, it's all been made up by her work for Shutter Island. Some people say that Scorsese needs to move on to another recurring lead actor than Di Caprio, but I say, if Shutter Island has any kind of influence in that decision, he should actually be working with nobody else. "Shutter Island" runs considerably over two hours and DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels is pretty much in there from start to finish and commands the screen incessantly.The whole supporting cast did a decent job as well, some more, some less...

6/10: Psychophagy 101
Sunday, June 23, 2013

It's well directed by Scorsese, nicely photographed, the locations and photography are convincing. Very atmospheric. It's the kind of storm that would send me scurrying to the cellar.But I'm beginning to wish M. Night Shyamalan had never turned "The Sixth Sense" into a successful movie, in which you can't tell the living people from the flashbacks from the ghosts from the hallucinations from the dreams.I was puzzled by the ghosts (or whatever they were) in "The Shining." Here's Jack Nicholson, heretofore troubled but sane, strolling into the deserted ballroom of the Overlook Hotel, slapping his hands on the bar, and saying with a big, welcoming grin, "Well, HELLO, Lloyd! How's business tonight?" And the accommodating bar tender suddenly appears and replies politely. Well, we know Lloyd isn't really there. Is he one of Nicholson's hallucinations? After all, Jack calls him by name. But later there are ghosts with masks on...

10/10: Men like you are my specialty, you know
Monday, August 30, 2010

There are a number of films I've seen more than once, and if they're good (the only reason really, to watch them again), they become a richer experience and one gains a greater appreciation of them. "Shutter Island" might be the only picture that on subsequent viewings, becomes a DIFFERENT film from the one originally seen. I say this because the first time around, there's no way to take the character of Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) other than at face value. He's a detective investigating a missing person case on an island. Not your normal island, but one that's home to an institution for the criminally insane. Every interaction he has with a character in the picture is one between himself, Detective Daniels, and that character. As we come to learn, all that changes when Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) reveals the twist near the end of the story, at which point, one is left either...

9/10: Can we believe anything we see
Monday, June 9, 2014

As this psychological thriller opens; we see protagonist US Marshall Teddy Daniels being sick as the boat he is aboard travels to Shutter Island; home to the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. One of the patients; Rachel Solando, a woman who drowned her three children, has disappeared quite a mystery as she was meant to be locked in her room at the time. Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule set about interviewing staff and patients and soon Daniels is convinced that there is more to Shutter Island than meets the eye. It turns out Daniels has an ulterior motive for visiting the island; he believes that the man responsible for killing his wife is incarcerated there but his name appears on none of the patient lists something he sees as further evidence of something wrong going on. The more he searches the more convinced he is and starts to believe that he won't be allowed to leave the...

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