Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese has undeniably made so many memorable films over the years that bear repeated viewing. Sadly, "Shutter Island" is not one of them. The master director and his muse, Leonardo DiCaprio have turned in an overlong and tedious "thriller" with a twist that's been done far better in other films.

There have been so many TV and radio spots for this film I could recite most of the dialog by heart. That, and the long running time sucked all the possible suspense right out of the film. There is certainly a more complex story here than the ads leave you to believe but by the time all is revealed, you're just grateful it's over.

I will say that Mr. DiCaprio remains one of the best actors of his generation and there is some fine work done by the supporting cast including Mark Ruffalo, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow and a particularly good Patricia Clarkson (in a one scene cameo). It just doesn't add up to much by the end of the film.

Mr. Scorsese has always given each of his films their own vibrant life but here he actually repeats himself by recreating the atmosphere of "Cape Fear", his remake with Robert DeNiro. Shutter Island" gave him his biggest opening weekend box office. He gave us a disappointment.

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