Movie Review – Shutter Island

The previews for this movie grabbed me, but I wasn’t sure I should go see it!  First, I heard a lot of mixed reviews, but hadn’t heard from anyone who actually saw it.  Second, I don’t like horror type thrillers and from the previews I really couldn’t tell if it was going to be a suspense thriller or a horror thriller – big difference!  So, since it was getting harder and harder to resist the previews, I decided to see it, but not alone and not at night – just in case it ended up being too scary for my tastes.

Shutter Island is billed as an Action/Adventure Thriller.  Not sure I’d agree with the Action/Adventure part, but I may not know all the criteria that puts a film in that category.  But, the Thriller part is accurate.  And, no it wasn’t the horror type thriller that I don’t particularly like.  It was very suspenseful – kept me on the edge of my seat and held my interest throughout.  It was full of twists and turns and connecting the past with the present.  As anyone can see from the previews, the story starts out with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as Federal Marshalls who go to a hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of the psychotic patients.  I won’t go into any more of the plot to avoid accidentally including any spoilers.  Suffice it to say, the institution, the patients, the staff, and the administrators are all obviously hiding something and it makes for a tense two hours of watching DiCaprio and Ruffalo sort through it all to find the truth.

I am not a huge Leonardo DiCaprio fan, but his performance in this film is very good!  I do like Mark Ruffalo a lot and was not disappointed in his work.  Also notable was Ben Kingsley as the head of the hospital.  All the acting was exceptional.  Martin Scorsese lived up to his reputation, as well — the direction and filming was brilliant! 

I had some inkling about half way through that left me not totally surprised at the outcome, but I didn’t suspect the details at all.  The down side was that the movie just ended… explained how we got there, but still left me hanging.  My friend and I just shook our heads and said, “that’s it?” 

All in all, it was really quite good — the flash backs and dream sequences were not too hard to follow, the acting and direction were excellent,  and it kept me on the edge of my seat!  The blunt ending was a big minus for me.  I rate this one a B++ and recommend it for those who like suspense and intrigue.

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