Mar 8, 2010


“Shutter Island” seems to be an appropriate vessel for Leonardo DiCaprio to explore his acting skill. It’s quite good, but yet it’s not the finest, but I still can say thiz performance might be one of his best works so far. DiCaprio collaborates the fourth time with the Director Martin Scorsese, the last three are “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004) and “The Departed” (2006). Scorsese himself is a very good drama Director. His previous memorable classics are “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Raging Bull” (1980) and “Goodfellas” (1990). It’s about US Marshall named Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) comes to an island to investigate a mysterious case. The island is actually a prison facility for mental illness. Thiz movie is supported by heavy caliber Cast members such as Ben Kingsley, Mark Rufallo, Mark Von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley and Michelle Williams. The script of thiz movie is very fine with several twist and turns. Scorsese with all his experience successfully arranges every scene effectively. The exploration is classic, we even could see “Hitchcock” atmosphere here. The Score also helps a lot to build such an intensive tension. The great example when is on the opening scene, when Daniels and his partner just arrive on the island for the first time. When they observe the surrounding that is preserved with maximum securities, the gates is opened one by one. At a glance it’s just an ordinary scene, but the Score multiplies it into ten times more thrill. The twist ending is meant to be shocking. But unfortunately (Spoiler Alert!), I already see the pattern where the story might goes even in the middle of the movie. When a conversation between Daniels and Rachel (Patricia Clarkson) that takes place in a cave, Daniels said angrily, ”I am an US Marshall. No one can stop me!” That is the first time when I clearly know that he is actually one of the patients. In the end, if we have a movie that every scene is put in for a reason. That is the time when you got yourself an effective and flawless movie. Scorsese scores again!

Stars : 8,5/10
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Jonny Fendi

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1 comment:

  1. The film is true to the book, yes. Is that a good thing? It depends. I was happy they stuck with the book, as basically it seemed like they used the book as the film's screenplay.