Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shutter Island - Movie Review


Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Max von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine and John Carroll Lynch.
Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Far from Scorsese's best, this entertaining little mystery still has atmospherics-galore. I love gothic. I love towering buildings, byzantine stairwells, dripping catwalks, steam coming up from shadows. I love extras staring at protagonists in menacing fashion.

As a mystery I can't say I was surprised by too much, but I still liked going on the journey.

Leonardo DiCaprio, eternally baby-faced, is "duly-appointed US mahshal" Teddy Daniels. He and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) have just arrived to Shutter Island, an island that houses the criminally insane. It appears that one of the patients has disappeared, and thanks to the foreboding soundtrack, we know it isn't going to be easy to find her.

Paramount said they bumped this to February because they couldn't afford to do a Best Picture campaign. Well, that's silly. Even with ten nominations, this wouldn't have a chance, but opening in February was a wise financial move, as it was the highest opening ever for this, the fourth Leo/Marty collaboration.

For those who remember Marty's Cape Fear, yes, this is like Cape Fear.

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