Friday, 31 December 2010

Shutter Island DVD Film Review

Some say this is better (and more mind twisting) than Inception. I like psycho thrillers and Leonardo DiCaprio's recent films have been good, so I decided to give this one a go.

Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are marshals who go to Shutter Island to investigate a mysterious disappearance of a murderess Rachel Solando, a patient of the famous Ashecliffe hospital for the criminally insane. 

Teddy reveals to Chuck that he is on the island for another reason. Having heard about inhumane experiments that are being conducted at Ashecliffe, he decides to expose the hospital for what it really is when he returns to the mainland; but when Rachel Solando mysteriously reappears and he starts having hallucinations about his past, Teddy questions whether it was all a trap to prevent him leaving the island and exposing the truth.

The initial idea of the disappearance of a murderess is already quite gripping, along with the fact that it's on an isolated island with no escape and set  in an asylum. I was preparing myself to be quite scared! I have to say the beginning of the movie was quite confusing and there were lots of questions that needed to be answered.

The movie soon focused not on the disappearance of the murderess, as she was mysteriously found, but onto Teddy's own investigation on Ashecliffe. As the clues all point to them trying to keep him on the island and as people revealed new information to him, I too questioned his reality and if he was just a pawn in a big game.

I was quite shocked at the ending. I thought it could turn out one of two ways: he manages to escape and expose the truth or he would be committed into Ashecliffe as insane to prevent him leaving, but definitely not this!! When the truth is revealed, the whole film seems to make sense and you will go "OHHHH". I love the quote: "Is it better to live as a monster or die a good man?" which shows how our psychological well being may define our humanity.

Leonardo DiCaprio - Teddy Daniels
Michelle Williams- Dolores Chanal
Mark Ruffalo- Chuck Aule

Also stars Ben Kingsley (Dr Cawley) and Emily Mortimer.

I thought Leonardo DiCaprio was fantastic and genuine. Surprised to see Emily Mortimer here playing such an intense role having previously seen her in "Match Point", who also does a good job.

Overall, Shutter Island is an intense movie that will have you questioning its reality and what is really going on, with an unpredictable twist that will shock you. Leonardo DiCaprio does a good job as does Emily Mortimer, both roles being quite intense. 

Whilst Shutter Island offered more of a resolve but was a confusing roller coaster ride, Inception provided an understandable concept but cut deliberately at the final few seconds to leave people baffled and talking. In this way, Inception was perhaps more to be enjoyed, Shutter Island to be admired. Both are outstanding films.

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