Saturday 27 March 2010

Film: Shutter Island

Someone Is Missing declares the tagline to this film, I think it's
Martin Scorsese.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo play Federal Marshalls sent to investigate an apparent escape from a formidable mental institution.

From the get go I suspected this would be a bit ropey as the boat ride to the island was so cheaply filmed you could almost see the set wobbling. Then we have DiCaprio in a part that he is still too fresh faced for, I couldn't get on board with him playing this grisled war veteran tortured by his past. Ben Kingsly and Max Von Sydow collect their paychecks playing doctors but both have no decent material so maybe it's harsh to blame them for the shoddy performances they produce.

This film also suffers from The Sixth Sense Syndrome where I guessed the twist about 90 minutes before I was supposed to rendering the remainder of the film pointless.

All a bit boring so nothing much to recommend unless you are easily pleased or want to watch DiCaprio just for the sake of it.

Along with The Wolfman this enters the all new 2010 Turkey category.

Ric's Rating: 21%


  1. It was interesting to read your view, Ricky - I couldn't watch the film without comtinually comparing it to the novel. But I thought it was ok. The big music at the start when they were in the truck and driving up to the hospital - how annoying was that! And it was kinda slow in places too. Yup. Just ok.

  2. Hi Michael,
    I was curious to see your reaction. Yes, I forgot to mention the Hammer House Of Horror style music in my review, it was driving me crazy. It is worse when you see a film first and then read the book, I keep picturing the actors. David Soul springs to mind in Salem's Lot.


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