Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shutter Island (Movie Review)

I've been seeing the Shutter Island trailer for quite some time before I finally got to watch the movie last night at Power Plant Mall.


The way I interpret the trailer, the plot should go something like this: Leonardo DiCaprio plays an investigator sent to an offshore mental facility called Shutter Island. Shutter Island houses the criminally insane. When he gets there, he discovers that there is more to the island than meets the eye. There's a conspiracy and an elusive 67th patient. As he struggles to find out more, supernatural events start to occur. He sees ghosts and apparitions. Then he is told that he can never leave the island because of everything he has learned.

Lo and behold, when I actually watched the movie, the story was the farthest thing from what I gathered from the trailer. I can't say why because that would spoil it for those who have not seen it yet.

Shutter Island has a very good, elaborate, and original plot. The problem is, it takes a really long time for the story to pan out -- the film runs for over two hours! That makes the movie much harder to process, thus it comes across as more complicated than it actually is. It's the type of film that leaves you feeling heavy afterwards. I hated the musical scoring. The background "scary" music was too loud to actually be scary, it felt more like a marching band gone wild for most part. A lot of the scenes were overpowered by the boisterous music.

Leonardo DiCaprio is very convincing as the US Marshall Teddy Daniels. You see everything from his point of view, and he really draws you in to what's happening at Shutter Island. His investigation is marred by memories of his deceased wife.

The ending is subject to debate and discussion, especially when Teddy asks if it is better to live as a monster or die as a good man. I can't really explain without giving the main plot twist away, so I will leave you to make your own judgement when you actually watch the film.

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