It is one of the best movies made by director Martin Scorsese. It is perhaps the best movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Honestly speaking, it is one of the greatest films of the decade. DiCaprio featured in two movies in 2010, the other one being "Inception". Both were excellent. To this day, they are some of the best cinematic experience I have ever had. That being said, I found "Shutter Island" to be much more superior, as "Inception" feels a little bit of a mumbo jumbo many times. "Shutter Island" is simply a masterpiece. The beginning of the movie suggests a very basic plot of a detective story, possibly a thriller. As the movie progresses, the plot becomes bigger and bigger with more and more complexity added to it. The way this happens is incredible. The pacing is really good. That is what makes the movie so interesting. And, even though the movie gets more complex, it is not difficult to keep up with the major plot points. And, the final twist is one of the best plot twists I have ever seen. I did not expect it at all. And, like the main character portrayed by DiCaprio, we are not ready to believe what is being told until a lot of reveals finally convince us. There are a lot of many things that might seem to be pointless before the final twist which are totally relevant with the story that is actually being told. The character of Edward Daniels is superbly written. We get to know where the character is coming from and we can get behind the character - yet another excellent thing about this movie. There are some dream sequences that seems like a filler, but is a major indication to the reveal. There are quite many "illusions" which feel very real, but carry no real meaning in the end. There are many additional things which may seem like a diversion from the story being told, but are actually enhancing it. Some dialogues between the main character and an imprisoned character get a very different interpretation after it's all set and done. So much of a complex story, yet no giant inconsistencies at all. It's just superbly written and directed and acted. It's totally different from "Memento" (2000) but still, has a lot of similarities. We get into the main character's head and we just get his interpretations, different types though. Towards the end, we don't want to step fully outside his head, but when we finally do, it's mind blowing. The ending moments were conceived by many to be confusing. But, if you keep up with the entire story, it's meaning is quite obvious. The movie is dark and psychologically engrossing. Yet it does have a short lived and very brief happy moment with the tiny plotline involving Dr. Cawley's motives. That's all I can say without getting into complete spoilers. On the whole, for me, it's the movie of the decade. The decade is almost over, and still I have not got any movie in the league of "Shutter Island". It's a very engaging and thrilling movie. Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsly have given some of the great performances till date. This movie, most definitely, gets a special "10/10" and an "A+".
I've seen most of Scorsese's films, but for some reason I never got around to watching this one, but I'm glad I finally watched it. It's not one of his best films, but this is definitely one of his most thrilling and well shot films. This movie is full of incredible visuals, and is also full of shocking moments that kept me engrossed. The best part of this movie was Leonardo DiCaprio's performance. He gives such a layered performance as someone slowly losing his sanity(or gaining it back). Overall, a very well made movie from Scorsese.
Martin Scorsese continues to impress, and Shutter Island is a film that has some astonishing sequences. There is one scene in a storm which literally took my breadth away and made me feel as if I was right there. Of course, the story is based on a graphic novel and by now the usual collaborator for Scorsese- Leo Di Caprio plays the main lead. Ably supported by Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is not the usual Scorsese film which is character based- It is tense and atmospheric. Watch it.