Shutter Island


First you need to know, I don’t know how the fuck to review Shutter Island, I really don’t but I feel compelled to put it out there anyway. I’m just not sure this will be of any use to any of you, so do with it what you want. Keep in mind, I read this book like 2 years ago, which means I knew what was going to happen even if some of the plot was a little foggy from all that time ago.

The Basics: Two US marshalls go to a mental institution on an island in the 1950s because a female patient has escaped. Teddy (DiCaprio) starts questioning the institution and that maybe something more is going on than people are saying. This is very, as many have said before me not my words, Hitchcockian.

The Good: I loved the Hitchcockness (I love making up words) of the movie, very dark, very eerie and lots of tension building. Leonardo was amazing, if you ask me, and I don’t think his Bostonian accent was as bad as some think it was. I was just glad he didn’t overdo it like Matt Damon always does. The cinematography was beautiful and really portrayed the chill of the scenes.

The Bad: It’s hard to say, because I couldn’t help but compare it to the book the entire time, which it did stay as close to as I can tell. I kept thinking though that this might seem, to someone who didn’t know the story, really far out there. One thing I have to mention is the music, it seemed to me the tension-building music kept coming at the wrong moments it made you kind of want to laugh, which isn’t always good for this kind of movie.

Rating: ★★★½☆


  1. Nobodyâ„¢

    March 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I’ve heard very mixed reviews of this movie. From what little I know about it, the story sounds like something I’d be interested in. Was never a Leo fan, but he was pretty good in The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can.

    I rarely go to movies, other than kids movies with the family, but I’m thinking about watching this one.

    1. Robin

      March 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

      @Nobodyâ„¢, You didn’t like The Departed?

  2. Grant

    March 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

    When you’re unsure of how to handle a review, I suggest starting with a count of the number of naked Asian women in the movie.

    1. Robin

      March 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

      @Grant, next time, next time.

  3. Pauline

    March 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I’m not a huge Leo fan, but this movie does sound intriguing. I’m not sure if I want to pay the exorbitant fees involved in seeing it in the theatre, but it could be a good renter. 🙂

    1. Robin

      March 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

      @Pauline, I’ve always liked him, since This Boys Life.

  4. Amanda

    March 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I have mixed feelings. I’ve read the book too, and I loved it. I like the movie a lot, but there was something I didn’t like but I can’t say it without spoiling it for other people. But it was good!

    Mike hated it because although it’s well acted and everything, the continuity was awful. The editor or whoever wasn’t paying attention to things like where people’s arms were, and they were jumping all over the screen

    1. Robin

      March 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

      @Amanda, Something was definitely off, which sucks because I had ridiculously high hopes.

  5. Nobodyâ„¢

    March 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I’ve never even heard of it. As I said, I rarely go to movies, and I watch no mainstream TV. If it wasn’t advertised on Discovery, History, Nick, or Disney, I probably haven’t heard of it.

    1. Robin

      March 3, 2010 at 8:30 am

      @Nobodyâ„¢, well you should see it, great movie.

  6. B

    March 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I already talked to ya on Twitter what I thought. I thought it was kinda long and drawn out and I’m still not sure what I think about it! I kinda liked it but not really but I didn’t hate it…weird. That’s all I can say! lol

    1. Robin

      March 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

      @B, yeah i basically feel the same way.

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