There are two categories of movies. Some movies blow your mind. But some make you insane in a good way. Shutter Island belongs to the latter. It’s based on a book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, in case you’re interested to read the book first. Unfortunately for me, I got to know that it was based on a book only after I watched the movie. Even though I haven’t read the book, I can definitely say that Martin Scorsese has stayed true to the theme of the book because the movie is awfully eerie and brilliantly done. Leonardo Di Caprio’s performance in this movie is outstanding. I wonder why the Oscars eluded him till he starred in ‘The Revenant”.
‘Shutter Island’ is every bit what it claims to be. An island with an asylum housing the most dangerous criminals with the most criminal records. Marshal Teddy Daniels(Leonardo Di Caprio) and his assistant Chuck Aule(Mark Ruffalo) are sent to this very island to investigate the disappearance of one of its most dangerous patients, Rachel Solando.
I think saying anything else will simply give away the plot, so I’m going to keep quiet. Just know that you will not be disappointed by this movie. Watch it for Leo. Watch it for Martin Scorsese. And do watch it if you are into psychological thrillers and mind games.
‘Shutter Island’ reminded me of Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’. The protagonist(s) are taken to a mysterious island under a completely different pretext. What unfolds is beyond bizarre. The island was a splitting image of what I visualised Soldier Island to be like. The tones, the atmosphere, the inhabitants of the asylum, the doctors, the nurses-every single person arouses suspicion in your head. And in that lies the beauty of this masterpiece. Scorsese takes us all to an alternative universe and leaves us reeling at the end of the movie. This movie affirms the fact that Scorsese is a master film maker and a moviegoer will never be let down by any of his works. Of course, the actors all contribute their fair share to this movie. Sir Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams make the audience believe that grey tones do exist and they do it very convincingly. Leonardo Di Caprio and Markus Ruffalo make the perfect team. They truly make their characters stand out. The sound mixing and editing for this movie has also been done with precision. It does not overpower the dialogues, yet acts as an additive substance to deliver the desire effect to the audience.
If you think you have had enough of plot twists, then you have never been so wrong in your life, mate. This movies offers the mother of all plot twists. It kept me rivetted till the last scene, so it will definitely keep you rivetted too. Every scene has something unexpected, so much that it takes several turns before the climax unravels the mystery to us. If you have watched the movie, you will know what I am talking about. The plot twist hits the viewers like a wrecking ball. Don’t tell me that I didn’t warn you. Brace yourself because this movie will change you.
Some more reasons as to why you should watch this movie:
- It makes you think. And think. And think.
Please do watch the movie for God’s sake. If you have watched the movie and want me do a discussion post, then do let me know!
Glad to say that I’m back for now. I missed y’all.
Some places will never let you go.
Until Next Time,