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Monday, February 22, 2010

Shutter Island

Shutter Island was terribly unoriginal. (SPOILER ALERT) This "twist ending" was nothing new. The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, Beautiful Mind, Secret Window, Identity...the list goes on and on. The schizophrenia ending to a film is played out. The only play on this twist is that he becomes cured and walks knowingly into the lobotomy choosing to live in ignorance to his tragic past rather than living free "as a monster" in it (knowing that he killed his wife).  When I saw Shutter Island I was dying for Leo's character to please be right and the world around him convincing him to be crazy. Unfortunately Scorsese became a victim of conformity and couldn't push the envelope like he usually is known for. One critic was very right when they said that "Director Martin Scorsese channels his inner M. Night Shyamalan" in this film. To me this film was no better, nor worse than a Shyamalan film (which is not great).


Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie a 66%.

I will AGREE with this rating. Not to discredit the amazing directing skills of Scorsese, the film was impressive, yet terribly unoriginal. As one fellow critic put it best, the film was a "Fair psychological thriller that probably would barely get noticed if it wasn't directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio."

1 comment:

Spence said...

Liked the movie. Cool twist, seen it before but still well done. I'm no movie buff but it was entertaining.