It's a mix of noir and thriller. Evidence and clues begin to appear but not before our hero seems riddled by psychosis himself. I concur with Ebert when he says one of the key elements to this film is that it releases its tension through suspense instead of mindless action sequences. Lehane is one of the luckiest authors on the planet to have his work adapted to the big screen by talents such as Eastwood and Scorsese, but his work is brilliant and deserving of such treatment. In fact, it is even better the second time. This movie does challenge the viewer physchologically and definitely holds your attention all the way through. And that is exactly where it exceeds.
Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor. Whether he sold his soul or not, he's quite ominous in every single scene he is present in. Teddy is shown as a scared man; a man of war and violence as portrayed in various flashbacks. I have to say this film was full of intrigue. Everything, down to the set's lighting, was perfectly executed. The acting is spot on from every character; none of it seems forged or out of place.
Discussing this story at any length can be quite revealing. . Shutter Island isn't just a pretty face, its also got a great story to boot and this is why I've been anticipating the film for so long. A movie that messes with you. A film that has re-ignited the thriller genre.
Luckily you have Scorsese leading the lens and he points the movie in the right direction, even if this isn't among his very best works. In this day and age, I'm not surprised some found it terrible esp. While most modern pictures of its kind lack character or any real sense of suspense, Shutter Island doesn't go for cheap gags. Almost the whole movie incorporates this story as Teddy desperately tries to find the truths he seeks. Amongst others Elias Koteas, Ted Levine, Michelle Williams, all play small but wonderful roles. On that note, is it just me or has Sydow mysteriously not aged since The Exorcist? All this praise being said it's not for everyone.
It is because of this that the thrilling conclusion will leave many blindsided. At times it's a bit bleak and dire. And no one likes to be messed with. And, that is what it's film counterpart does to the fullest. For we, like Teddy, are blind.
This is a film that creeps and crawls, and is filled with dark corners. This is also a film I would recommend seeing a second time. What's suspect here is that there is no additional development. The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock's influence is everywhere you look in this film. Marshal Teddy Daniels is inves tigat ing the disap peara nce of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding near-by. With a body of work so impressive, Shutter Island is among captivating company.
It is a different take for the director, and he does it, as he does every film, perfectly, so much as to be in his own league of film-making. It is a book filled with twists and turns, that will leave the reader dizzy. Shutter Island represents exactly what one should hope for when seeing a novel being interpreted to film. An confined island is a terrific horror location and it comes with its own type of fear. Prior to viewing this film I had built a preconceived notion of what this thriller was going to be like because I was fooled yet again by good marketing when watching the trailer. To those, though, who do choose to see this film, be ready for a compelling, gripping, thought-provoking experience, so much so that you might think to see it again for further clarity I know I will; it was so entertaining and my mind was blown! You see, we as the audience are first put in the shoes of Teddy.
The good news is that Shutter Island carves out a place of its own in his resume. The utter desperation to escape from a persistent and confined nightmare is something Teddy Dicaprio is receiving in high doses, and so does the audience. As mentioned earlier, I've been exposed and digested the source material myself before seeing the movie. There are a couple of moments where the story gets lost within itself. And it is no wonder, considering Scorsese even showed one of his greatest works to the crew: Vertigo. This is probably not the movie for your average film-goer who wants an easy plot line to follow and little thought required.
Slowly, we are given pieces to the puzzle, but the audience does not even realize it. It had all the components of a great film, and then some. All those pieces of that puzzle you didn't catch the first time, you will the second. Director: Martin Scorsese, Writers: Laeta Kalogridis screenplay , Dennis Lehane novel , Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo Plot Keywords: surprise ending plot twist island disappearance fire Taglines: Someone. It is a complete assault on the senses, and it works beautifully. Really, Scorsese should just give it away for anyone. Soon we meet Dr Crawley, a seemingly complex and modern man who runs the asylum.
While it certainly does the source material justice, it also adds small changes that make for a distinctive experience. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding near-by. As with Scorsese and DiCaprio's previous collaborations, this is a movie that must be seen. I will say that not everyone will like this; Shutter Island, again, isn't your typical movie. This is Scorsese at his most unrestrained.