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Genre: Crime & Thriller / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Martin Scorsese / Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer ... / Blu-ray released 2010-08-02 at Paramount Home Entertainment (UK) / Features of the Blu-ray: Anamorphic, Colour, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen

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      14.06.2011 14:24
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      It wont be to everyones liking, but is there a more beautifully constructed narrative on Blu-ray?

      This review will remain spoiler free in order to allow for the mind-boggling journey you're about to take whilst consuming Martin Scorsese's inspired foray into supernaturally tinged noir storytelling to be as surprising as possible. As a condensed summary to get a feel of what you are embarking on when you take the ferry to Shutter Island, know this; it is beautiful, immediate, and relentlessly gripping moviemaking by a master pulling both the strings and the wool over your eyes with the renewed vigour of a director stepping outside of his already stratospheric comfort zone.

      Adapted from Dennis "Mystic River" Lehane's novel, this is a drama (or is it a horror? or is it a mystery?) set in 1954 that tells the tale of US Marshall, Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and his investigation into the disappearance of a convicted murderer from her seemingly impenetrable cell on the notorious asylum of Shutter Island. For your own benefit that's all we're telling you.

      When stepping foot on Scorsese's island, the first thing you notice is how stunning it looks. You can keep your three dimensional rabbits and blue aliens if directors can still make traditional moviemaking that looks this good. Utilising a naturally graceful camera technique that is balletic in its movement, there are enough outstanding instances to fill this entire page, but if you find a sequence as stunning, operatic and as detailed in depth as DiCaprio's apartment farewell with Michelle Williams then you can send me to the nuthouse and throw away the key; it's breathtaking.

      Orchestrated to a booming (when necessary) score, Scorsese abandons us on an intimidating island that's made up of looming walls and isolated locations that make the penitentiary as much of a monster as the assorted loons. There is even a nod to Mean Streets as the ferry emerges from the mist over the opening credits, and the labyrinthine claustrophobia of the Ward C steel cage sequences is highly effective. There is a comparable and successful Wicker Man vibe that permeates Shutter Island and helps magnify Teddy's increasingly bleak plight.

      A situation made all the more harrowing by a career best performance from DiCaprio, and that's going some. Initially hard headed in the tradition of all the golden era Hollywood detectives, you get the feeling he could have walked straight from the set of The Maltese Falcon. It's watching this veneer peel away as Teddy goes deeper into the catacombs of the asylum that's the true horror, and it's to DiCaprio's credit that you are emotionally attached to him every step of the way or the film wouldn't work.

      Marty never opts for the cheap scares either; they are all earnt by ratcheting up the tension and the unhurried (some may say slow) nature of the narrative. If he is this at ease within the horror/mystery genre, then he should make this his playground more often.

      Only slightly hindered by the temptation for one twist too many, there comes a point at which DiCaprio notes "I'm not following you, I'm sorry", and as with the rest of his excellent performance I was right there with him. However, when the somewhat predictable pay-off comes, it is superbly handled and heartbreakingly played out.

      Shutter Island is an intimate beast of a movie from a director let off the leash that challenges and rewards the viewer in every single department, dismiss it as a B-movie genre offering at your peril.

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      18.01.2011 23:12
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      Leaves you guessing at your own dreams. Why is it natural to roleplay characters in our own minds.

      golferinfr's Full Review: Shutter Island (2010)

      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.

      This movie is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane about Shutter Island on the shores of Boston Harbour Islands in 1954.

      Teddy Daniels/Andrew Laddis- Leonardo DiCaprio
      Chuck Aule/Lester Sheehan- Mark Ruffalo
      Dolores Daniels- Michelle Williams
      Rachel in the cave- Patricia Clarkson
      Rachel in the Psych Unit-Emily Mortimer
      Dr.Cowley- Ben Kingsley
      Warden-Ted Levine
      Dr.Naehring-Max Von Sydow
      Directed Martin Scoresse 5 stars just for envision.
      Music Scored Robbie Robertson 5 stars for the music selection.

      This movie starts with Teddy Daniels( World War II decorated war hero, now a U.S. Marshall) having a bout with sea sickness and coming onto the deck of the boat. He meets his partner Chuck Aule. (I got lost right there with their dialogue.) They acted if it was the first time they laid eyes on each other. Didn't they meet at the port? No baggage or extra clothes ? Sets you up right there wondering.

      The investigation starts on the island and meeting Dr.Cowley. He invites them to a 9:00pm meeting, as they enter Dr. Crowley is listening to Quartet For Piano and Strings in A Minor. This is where Teddy Daniels also meets Dr.Naehring as the music plays, Teddy drifts off to the concentration camp where he and his fellow troops supposedly overtake. Deeper into the movie you'll find out that it was the same song the commandant of the camp was playing as he was being invaded.

      Teddy Daniels mind is his worst enemy. His mind wanders off to where he is confronted by his wife giving moral positive thoughts about a guy name Andrew Laddis, this is the man who was suppose to have killed her in a fire. The direction of Marin Scoresse gives you three sides of Teddy Daniels and with him through the whole process is his partner Chuck, always calling him "Boss".

      As this mighty hurricane hits the Boston Harbour Island the action in the movie expands. What was just a simple investigation has become a all out war for the head of Teddy Daniels. He becomes addictive to wanting the knowledge of what happens in the lighthouse at the foot of the island, Chuck and Teddy explore most of the island and have to go back because the guards find them. This is where things begin to come into focus. The power goes dead on the island as the hurricane strengthens, Teddy finds a old confidant George Noyce and George tells Teddy why he is there. (So many scenes that lead up to this point, but I can't say)

      When Teddy tells Chuck he will go on by himself to gain entry to the lighthouse, Teddy once again becomes delusional seeing a half lit cigarette and looking down and thinking he see's that Chuck has committed suicide. He thusly climbs down the cliff of rocks to find nothing, but looks up to see a fire in a cave. His ventures up climbing halfway to meet up with the missing woman name Rachel(2) as she explains why she ran away. As she forces him out the next morning, Teddy climbs back up the towering rocks just to meet up with the warden. The warden brings him back and the final scenes are for you to watch and decide for yourself. All I can say that the ending brings the movie in a different direction that you would think as you are watching it. Psycho Symmetry Roleplaying is what finalizes the movie. There are many loopholes that I did not mention to make it a spoiler alert.

      Overall I loved the back music to this movie, from Holocaustic music and the selections that they played throughout the movie. You can buy the soundtrack cd, Rhino records made it. The direction is just another splendid film by Martin Scoresse to compile with his other great movies. The scenes that make the movie is the burning ash scene with Teddy and his wife Dolores, the commandant scene and the rock wall and lighthouse from a artistic point of view. Time of movie 2 hours 17 minutes. Worth every penny.

      Thanks for reading !!!!
      ISBN-10: 038073186X ISBN-13: 978-0380731862 (For the novel)
      Recommended: Yes
      I used DooYoo product suggestion and they said to use this one.
      This review originated by me on Epinions.com.

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        29.12.2010 16:59

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        Great film...buy it!

        I first saw this movie upon it's release at the cinema and I loved it, so I just bought it on Blu-Ray!

        Now, I must admit I do appreciate DiCaprios movies, especially of recent years, with the likes of Inception, The Departed and more, Shutters Island is another to add to the list - especially when it's a Martin Scorsese picture you can be sure to expect a good show.

        Firstly, the Blu-Ray...as usual and as you would expect, the picture is great, along with the audio (5.1 DTS HD).

        The first downfall though, if you are an 'extra features' fan is that this lacks somewhat, only offering two featurettes, 'Behind The Shutters' and 'Into The Lighthouse'.

        The film itself is based on Dicaprios 'Teddy Daniels' who is a US Marshall who arrives at an asylum for the criminally insane with his partner.
        Immediately you are introduced to a very strange world within the asylum and things begin to turn very sinister very quickly in a story that has a very suprising twist at the end, which I must admit, I never saw coming.

        There are several twists and turns in the movie and you can safely expect to be made to jump on a few occasions and all actors involved, especially Leo, are fantastic.

        This is more of a psychological thriller as opposed to the horror impression that it gives, but it doesn't fail to impress.

        The film is 138 minutes in length, which for some movies, is far too long, but its a very comfortable length for this movie, as with all Scorsese pictures.

        The only reason I have given 4 stars is due to the lack of extras..
        Sit back and enjoy the movie!

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