#16 Shutter Island

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Martin Scorsese
Bradley J. Fischer
Mike Medavoy
Arnold W. Messer
Screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis
Steven Knight (uncredited)
Based on Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Ben Kingsley
Mark Ruffalo
Michelle Williams
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker
Studio Phoenix Pictures
Appian Way Productions
Sikelia 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. 

That being said, I love movies that can surprise me–keep me guessing–and/or totally fool me!  The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects–top my list and now  Shutter Island will be among them. 

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!

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About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

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