Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Check out the new Japanese poster for Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island thanks to kino-govno, which once again proves that everything from Japan looks a tad bit cooler (click here to see the previously released American one-sheet). You can see the full poster after the jump. Also, after the jump we have a reader submitted review of Scorsese’s latest.
A /Film reader, who has asked to remain anonymous, had the chance to screen an early cut of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. All the regular contextual disclaimers apply: The reviewer is not a professional critc, and his observations are based on a work in progress, and not a final cut. The plot rundown contains minor spoilers. Skip the red paragraph to avoid story information. With that out of the way, here is the review:
I got to see a screening of Martin Scorsese’s new movie “Shutter Island“. So what’s Shutter Island about? A U.S. Marshal named Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) goes to Shutter Island, a a Hospital for the criminally insane on a remote island, to investigate the disappearance of a female patient. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, and Ben Kingsley. I’ll keep this movie review spoiler free -
Basic plot: DiCaprio is US Marshall Teddy Daniels. The movie opens with Teddy Daniels throwing up on a ferry from Boston Harbor to Shutter Island. Post-vomiting Daniels discusses the case their about to investigate with his new partner Chuck Aulethe. The case involves a Houdini type escape of one of the patients (or as Daniels calls them “prisoners”). The patient, Rachel Solando disappeared from her room between 10pm and midnight from her locked room. The orderly, the guards, and the other patients don’t see, nor hear anything. From the start the two Marshalls are convinced that it is some sort of inside job. Their investigation is quickly hindered by a huge storm coming to the island, and the non-cooperation of the staff. Teddy’s theories about what happened come out fairly quickly. He is convinced that Dr. Cowley (played by Kingsley) is conditioning his patients to lie to Teddy about the events that might have transpired. He accuses another German doctor of possible mid-altering experiments, and overall doesn’t make alot of friends. To add to the list of conspiracy theories Teddy has conjured up, Teddy’s true agenda becomes apparent when he reveals to his partner Chuck that his wife (played very well by Williams and seen in multiple flashbacks) was killed in a fire by arsonist Andrew Laeddis – a former patient that, like Rachel also disappeared. Without spoiling anything else (because I believe the strength of this movie lies in how all the information is presented to us), Teddy tries to discover how Rachel, the all-to-perfect Doctor (played by Ben Kingsley), Laeddis, and a mysterious lighthouse are all interconnected.
With that out of the way.. let me say that I loved this movie. DiCaprio doesn’t disappoint, playing an emotionally scarred, paranoid US Marshall very well. I will be super pissed if DiCaprio is not nominated for an Oscar. That being said, Mark Ruffalo is also very good. He’s the perfect Yang to DiCaprio’s paranoid conpspiracy seeking Ying, and being a huge Ruffalo fan I would like to see him getting nominated as well. Scorsese is at his best as well. The pacing, the script, and the performances all just come together so well.
What didn’t I like? For one, the score, or lack there of. Normally it shouldn’t be mentioned, but I thought it was important to note how much I like the movie even with a temporary score. Basically “Dummm……. DUM-DUM” looping all over again. I also felt there were a few moments when the movie seemed to drag out a little bit, but i’m sure that will be addressed in the editing room. Other then that, I can’t recall anything else that I didn’t like. I will say this tho.. So far, this is my favorite movie of the year [although one might argue that doesn't say much with this year so far].