I have to say this film was full of intrigue. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo feed off each other and supply great performances for their characters as expected, but some of the other characters whose names are riveted on the posters or marquees are sensational as well. Soon we meet Dr Crawley, a seemingly complex and modern man who runs the asylum. This is a film that creeps and crawls, and is filled with dark corners. This is a film you must watch carefully.
Luckily you have Scorsese leading the lens and he points the movie in the right direction, even if this isn't among his very best works. On that note, is it just me or has Sydow mysteriously not aged since The Exorcist? As our hero smokes we that this isn't the glorified top lit smoking of a beauty or that of a sophisticated and confident gangster. And it is all heightened by the coming storm that looms over the island. They talk about their assignment. The man is one of the most brilliant directors of our time.
The rest of the film, however, is very faithful to Dennis Lehane's already great story. Amongst others Elias Koteas, Ted Levine, Michelle Williams, all play small but wonderful roles. Marty takes what he has learned from the great films of the past and puts it into his. The acting is spot on from every character; none of it seems forged or out of place. And many of those ideas are present in Shutter Island; the cliff scenes scream Hitchcock. Shutter Island 2010 Subtitles It's 1954, and up-and-coming U. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say this: Shutter Island was completely unexpected, and a great start to 2010.
Scorsese perfectly recreates the menacing atmosphere of the island on film. While Scorsese is a master of film I'd say that his specialty has been more character than story. A film that will leave you, and the main character, searching for answers. While it certainly does the source material justice, it also adds small changes that make for a distinctive experience. The cinematography is bright and gorgeous. 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.
These will go on to be increasingly important as the story progresses. I often experience claustrophobia myself and there are certain films that really capitalize on that personal fear and make it more relevant and eerie to me. 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. And that is exactly where it exceeds. S Marshall is sent to an asylum to investigate a missing patient but discovers so much more.
A film that will divide the film community. Was there a secret pact made between Lucifer and Father Merrin? His style works amazingly with suspense laden projects and at times he even seems to channel Hitchcock and Kubrick, though there's always something distinctively Scorsese about the presentation. This is also a film I would recommend seeing a second time. At this point you might begin to lose faith in its viscosity, but don't worry because the story has you right where its put you. Inmates and staff are hiding something but what? For the moment at least.
Teddy is shown as a scared man; a man of war and violence as portrayed in various flashbacks. And trust me, you probably wont like it. From these opening scenes, Marty has set up a dark and creepy premise. This movie does challenge the viewer physchologically and definitely holds your attention all the way through. Don't be surprised if you see this at the next Oscars.
A film that will leave you breathless. With a body of work so impressive, Shutter Island is among captivating company. For those of you, like me, who read and enjoyed the novel before seeing the film and felt that the trailers and advertisements for this film were leading you to believe there wouldn't be any narrative surprises in store, think again! There is one line of dialogue, right at the end of Shutter Island before the credits roll, that elevates the emotion of the film and makes it much more powerful. All those pieces of that puzzle you didn't catch the first time, you will the second. Whether he sold his soul or not, he's quite ominous in every single scene he is present in.
Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding near-by. That is another thing that sets this apart, it is a horror film that makes you actually think. And, that is what it's film counterpart does to the fullest. We are bam, smack right into the story without so much as an opening montage. I always enjoy watching a film that is as unpredicatable as this film and where the director has turned the plot line on to his viewer.