Shutter Island‘s about 2 detectives investigating a mental institution after a patient supposedly escaped. Eventually, they find out something more disturbing.
After watching the trailer for this film, I figured, “Hey, maybe it’s another one of those haunted asylums again. Let’s give it a try.” I could never forget the first time I watched Shutter Island. My mind was figuratively shattered for a while. I was left with the question, “Was he sane? Was he cured? What’s he doing?” I wouldn’t say it’s Martin Scorsese’s best film
(Taxi Driver, Casino and The Departed to name a few), but it’s definitely something I wouldn’t immediately forget.
Cinematography? Class! I wasn’t able to find draggy parts nor it’s-the-scene-where-you-can-go-out-for-a-pee. I wouldn’t use the word boring, because I’m pretty sure every scene got me to the edge of my seat
(In the most cliche way). Every scene makes you think you’re progressing with the story, then next scene you’re like, “What? A minute ago he was—Whaaat?!” It blew my mind away. Most importantly, I applaud mister Dennis Lehane for writing such an awesome novel.
Cast? Leonardo DiCarpio‘s best performance so far! He was very convincing. I can’t believe he pulled off a Johnny Depp role. However, I think it would’ve been better if it was Johnny Depp
(Disregard that, I have a huge crush on him). I’ll have to give Leo praises for this film. I actually said, after watching this, “If there’s a film he should win an Oscar for, it should be this!” The lake scene moved me to tears. He was very natural. Mark Ruffalo did an awesome job, as well. The story wouldn’t have been believable if it wasn’t for his character. His character was the key to this story and his subtlety made him more interesting. Ben Kingsley also deserves praises for his role, but nothing tops his performance in Schindler’s List. This can be his 2nd best, so far. Michelle Williams just creeps me out (I mean that in a nice way). Her role is just so similar to Marion Cotillard‘s in Inception (Yes, I’ll do one on Inception, too but a different time). Bottomline: The film’s cast did a splendid job.
I would recommend this film 105%. If you’re craving for confusion and at the same time a mind
fuck, this would be part of the top 10 films you should watch. Be careful not to get stuck in Shutter Island, though. 😉
SPOILER (DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT!)
Since everyone asks what I think about the ending (and vice versa), in my opinion, I believe he was sane. Why do I say so? Would an insane man utter the words, “You know, this place makes me wonder. Which would be worse? To live as a monster? Or to die as a good man?” I believe that scene wasn’t an open ending. It was Martin Scorsese’s way of saying he wasn’t ready to live as Laeddis and face reality anymmore, so he’d rather die as Teddy Daniels – a clean slate.