The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane

I have to start this by saying I am a massive fan of Martin Scorsese, he could probably make a film of a paper bag on the street and I would give him a round of applause at the end.  In my opinion he is one of the greatest directors of all time, his films are experimental, gritty and full of flawed characters, which in my opinion all the best films are. He is one of the great auteurs. Anyway, that is enough with my ode to Scorsese for now.

Shutter Island was released about 4 months behind schedule so it was definitely a movie which I was impatient to see.  Because it has only been out a week  I don’t want to say too much, with psychological thrillers even the most innocent of comments can give everything away but I really loved this film so I also want to rave about it. Here are the bits which hopefully won’t ruin it for anyone .

It’s Leo DiCaprio’s forth collaboration with Scorsese, he’s playing Teddy Daniels a US Marshall sent with his new partner Chuck Aule to Ashfield Hospital for the Criminally Insane to investigate the disappearance of a patient from her locked room.  So, a classic locked door mystery with a Scorsese twist.  The head doctor is acting suspiciously, hell everyone is acting suspiciously and as Teddy and Chuck delve further into the mystery, hints of a bigger conspiracy with life changing ramifications hang over there heads. 

Realistically this is not one of Scorsese’s best films, the plot is a tad thin, it is packed with twists and turns but this is never really enough but it’s a genre I love and a director I love and it’s reminisant of the 1940’s thrillers that I love – for me this film is a win.  It’s full of asides, arched eyebrows, shify glances and epic set ups, what more could you want?


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