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Shutter Island

8.22 h 18 min2010X-Ray15
When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, he uncovers terrifying truths about the island and finds out some places never let you go.
Martin Scorsese
Elias KoteasMark RuffaloTed Levine
English [CC]
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Leonardo DicaprioMichelle WilliamsJackie Earle HaleyPatricia ClarksonEmily MortimerJackie Earle HaleyJohn Carroll LynchBen KingsleyMax von Sydow
Laeta KalogridisDennis LehaneGianni NunnariLouis PhillipsMike MedavoyArnold W. MesserBradley J. FischerMartin Scorsese
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4.5 out of 5 stars

4852 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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M-RevReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great movie, even better the second time around
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A brilliant movie into the mind - with brilliant acting, music, cinematography. The movie starts with what could have been a whodunit - two US marshals, one being the protagonist played by Leonardo Dicaprio, being called to investigate the disappearance of an inmate from a mental institution for the criminally insane. Our protagonist slowly reveals his plan for a wider investigation into this place to his partner. But not all is what it seems. And at the end, absolutely nothing is what it seems. Enough said. Seeing it the second time is even more pleasurable because knowing the ending, you can see more clues you will miss first time around. And third time...
24 people found this helpful
IntensiveCareNurseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Each to their own...
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I just had to give up.
It just isnt for everyone is all I can say to the 85% who give it 5 stars.
I really felt that the acting was generally not fantastic, and character relationships unconvincing.
There were very positive moments. Some of the dream sequences were moving. None more so than the dream in which his wife turns to ashes.
The worst thing was the "music".. or should I say "background sound". Constantly jarring and suppose to create suspense..??
If so, please can the producing team take direction from the masters of that kind of thing. Hitchcock movies, The Killing Fields and more recently the excellent series "Chernobyl", all of which used sound to incredible effect.
The effort here was in my personal opinion ham fisted, uncomfortable (but not in a suspenseful way) & gave me a more painful headache than the migranes suffered by the lead character.
A generous 3 stars awarded from me even though I found it inept, and that because I am clearly wrong as everyone else seems to have loved it.
Each to their own :)
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Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Tragic Masterpiece
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Why didn't I realise it the first time around? Probably because I didn't really watch it, I looked at it and found it lacking, when all the time it was me that was at fault and not the film.
I knew something was up when I noticed all sorts of details that I didn't recognize, one of which was the glass of water that disappeared, and I had no recollection of Dachau at all. Dark, very dark.
Serve me right for watching it with mates after we had been out at the pub all evening!
So, if you have seen this before, and you didn't really like it, or you didn't think it was effective, or moving, my advice is to watch it again, alone and with your faculties about you.
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Mr. Justin P. LeesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Creepy. Plot well devised. Review with no spoilers.
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Great acting from all. Great direction of a tricky plot. Sets done marvellously. Not your young Leonardo. The more gritty one a La blood diamonds. Sir Ben Kingsley masterful. Christopher plummer too. Hard to say anything else without spoilers, except you might not like this film until you really watch it the second time. One of Scorsese finest. Dark. Menacing. Creepy. Mr Dicaprio has done some great film acting. This is right up there. The ending is understated magnificence.
9 people found this helpful
S. MeadowsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Myriad madness and mirages
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Shutter Island is very much the modern equivalent of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. The film covers a wide variety of themes. Most prevalent is the question, "How do I know I am not insane?" But there are also plenty of other areas covered including, inter alia, murder, justice, medical ethics, the Holocaust, McCarthy-eque paranoia and responsibility for one's own actions.

The film is relatively complex and certainly requires a second viewing in order to fully grasp the plot's twists and turns. It all begins straightforwardly enough, though there is a slow descent into a place where things just don't quite add up. The mixture of hallucinations and real life action may be off-putting for some viewers, but not for me. The fact that they are confusing scenes only conveys the confusion in the mind of the protagonist, and not any form of fuzzy thinking on the part of the director.

The casting of the film is very good, as is the acting. DiCaprio's performance is very similar to that which he had in Inception, which I understand was filmed around the same time as Shutter Island. But DiCaprio is only one actor, and one good performance doesn't make a great film. Ben Kingsley's portrayal as a psychiatrist trying to be a pioneer in his field is highly noteworthy, though not in the same league as his acting in Gandhi or Schindler's List. The film is given a sombre gravitas from the presence of Max von Sydow and a rare return to limelight from Ted Levine was most welcome.

So why give this 4 stars instead of 5? Well, the stylisation didn't feel right. Set in the 1950s, it just didn't feel authentic. There seemed to be some 60s influences in there (particularly with the scenes set away from the asylum) and the aesthetics and the vernacular in the script just seemed too up-to-date. The end of the film is bleakly fatalistic, but it is also somewhat deterministic. Given that the fundamental question posed regards sanity, I think the film would have benefited more by an open ending, whereby the story which is eventually revealed is made more questionable than it has been.
4 people found this helpful
Patty WatsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 October 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unforgettably eerie
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Adapted from Dennis Lehane’s book, Shutter Island is rife with mystery and feelings of foreboding throughout, and even having read the book beforehand, I was still thinking about it long after the credits had rolled.

Atmospheric, tense and scary as hell, there’s more than a small dose of The Cabinet of Dr Caligeri in it, Martin Scorsese does some of his best directing in this perfectly sculpted and ingeniously shot (the bright lighting only goes to add doubt about what’s real and imagined) about Leonardo DiCaprio pretty much losing his mind.

The employment of 'On the Nature of Daylight' by Max Richter, was, as its usage in Arrival, seriously unforgettable.
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SarugumoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shutter Island
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`Shutter Island' is a thriller set in the fifties which follows two US Marshals who are investigating an escape at an institute for the criminally insane. The asylum is on an island and they get stranded there after a big storm sweeps in after their arrival. They have to work out how the patient escaped and what other sinister things have been occurring on the island before it is all too late. Di Caprio plays Edward Daniels, one of the Marshals, who is also traumatised by his past during and after the war and he relives some of this history via flashbacks throughout the film.

This had a dark, sinister feel to it from the word go and you are very quickly drawn into the intrigue and mystery on the island. You are unsure whether the head doctor is trustworthy or not and the other patients also add a surreal element to the proceedings. Everyone plays their roles very well and Kingsley is especially noteworthy as the head doctor. This is excellently directed by Scorsese and the soundtrack also adds to the tension, as any good score should.

This has a twist in the end, that although fairly predictable, still ties things up neatly and gives you food for thought long after you've finished watching. More and more scenes become clearer as you think back and characters motivations make more sense. All in all this is a good thriller with solid performances from the whole cast and it keeps you engaged for the two hour duration. Worth a look at some point.

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Len RushtonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Keeps you guessing
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This was my second time around with the film. I was still impressed. Obviously, there were less surprises, but there was enough plot and character background, to still fill my interest. Very good cast and solid performances. It's dark, but fascinating, especially from the psychological perspective, although some of the ideas are a bit flamboyant. I'd recommend at least one spin around this one.
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