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Movie Review - Shutter Island

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Like Mike
Shutter Island

A Martin Scorsese film always comes with a sense of anticipation as he’s one of the few big directors who can really create art with their films.  He can make his more popcorn-like films such as the brilliant ‘The Departed’ but more often he puts out his operatic masterpieces. So with his most recent film having Leonardo DiCaprio starring in his 4th film with the director, it was hard to say where this film was going to fit within his range of popcorn or masterpiece works.

“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.”

This film captured me from beginning to end and even with its grandiose and over-the-top feel, it never once felt like all of that wasn’t done very deliberately to draw us into the twisted world of this film and its characters. DiCaprio pulls out a tortured performance, which must have pushed him to his limits every day of filming and the films ‘in your face’ sound design constantly had the audience on the edge of their seats. This film sits firmly in his masterpiece works while at the same time having the right elements to keep those popcorn crowds interested.

8.5 out of 10 from me.
 

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