Shutter Island Reviews
It looks stunning, and DiCaprio is great, but one can't help but feel with the talent of Scorsese behind the camera, this should have been better than it was.
2 detectives investigating a disappearance at a mental institution find that the island may be more than they imagined. They soon realize that there may not be a way off of the island and they might be killed if they continue to stay on it.
Firstly, this is nowhere near the quality of some of Scorsese's best films. However, it still manages to provide enough to keep the viewer interested. Although the pacing is slow for the most part, it never feels boring at all and the movie keeps you engaged throughout. This is an ultimately soul-crushing and thought provoking film which you will constantly maintain a certain amount of suspense which doesn't get lost anytime soon in it.
The acting is overall solid on all parts. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a great performance as always. It may not be one of his best performances but he is still able to play a convincing character. All the other actors give great performances as well but most of my attention was focused on DiCaprio as I felt that he was the only one I noticed and he was the only one who stood out to me.
Scorsese tries to make an unpredictable plot twist but after Teddy Daniels starts questioning things, it's clear what direction the movie is going in and I wasn't as blown away by the plot twist as I was with other movies with great plot twists. I felt that Scorsese gave too many hints to it and some of them were too obvious. This is why I feel that this is a weaker film compared to his other works.
I know that I've said this twice already but I'm going to say it one last time. This is a good movie but it is nothing compared to his other masterworks. The plot twist is hinted at too much and I wasn't completely blown away by it as I hoped I would be. However, this movie was able to keep my attention throughout and I would say that it's worth a watch. Just don't expect it to be anything special.
The islands setting fantastic with a hurricane and lashing rain for most of the film are perfect as the story unfolds.
The direction is spotless building a well rounded story up, paced nicely even in the final third.
Di Caprio is brilliant, one of his best performances backed up by an impeccable Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffallo.
Well made film, well directed and acted with a great plot..
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: You really do have to be in 'the right mood' as if you lose concentration, it's not the kind of movie that lends itself to audience catch-ups.
VERDICT: A thriller in more ways than one, this movie has an incredible story that will keep you engaged right up to the end, but only if you can stay in it for that long.
MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW
First of all, i hated the fact that this was advertised as a horror, it wasn't even trying to be scary, this was a mystery film. The main villain you see the trailer is in ONE SCENE IN THE ENTIRE F-ING FILM! Laeddis seemed like such a scary interesting character but he is only in it for maybe 30 seconds of the entire film. The twist at the end doesn't even go into why Teddy pictured Laeddis in this form or how he came to be, just that he simply shows up as the killer, This movie didn't make much sense and was actually pretty damn stupid, the story wasn't well written and the twist ending was confusing so i can only give this a 5 for the reasons listed above. 5/10.