Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Martin Scorsese|
|Produced by||Martin Scorsese
Bradley J. Fischer
Arnold W. Messer
|Screenplay by||Laeta Kalogridis
Steven Knight (uncredited)
|Based on||Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane|
|Editing by||Thelma Schoonmaker|
Appian Way Productions
Let me start by saying that I have a knack of figuring things out–I don’t try–I don’t sit there and say, ” I want to know the twist! I am going to analyze and search for clues…” –it just jumps out at me! My record is 2 minutes into the opening credits–BAM! I knew.
I will not spoil one second of this movie for you. It is worth experiencing unaware of any hints or clues. But I will tell you it is a thrilling ride.
It is a noir film. Full of dark shadows, secrets and past demons. Martin Scorsese creates a mood. From the setting in the mental asylum to the torrential storm–every aspect plays a part in the story. The tension and the mystery build with each frame and it draws you in as it tightens its grip.
Leonardo DiCaprio is fantastic! It is easy to see why he is Scorsese’s muse of late–he is intensely raw and it is hard not to get lost in his universe. Mark Ruffalo is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actors and here he is the quiet anchor. And I can’t forget Ben Kingsley who is pitch perfect.
I loved that I began to question myself and my theories–and was left slack-jawed–towards the end I actually said, “What just happened?”
And to that I say…AWESOME! Well done!