Saturday, 14 May 2011

Shutter Island - REVIEW

Film of the Day #79/ 300

Shutter Island is a well crafted psychological thriller that will make you question your own sanity. In 2010, Director Martin Scorsese delivered a visually intriguing and absolutely phenomenal masterpiece that has re-defined and re-ignited the thriller genre. Shutter Island is a movie that will leave you breathless and searching for answers. Scorsese takes what he has learnt from the great films of the past and puts it into his own unique vision of homage. The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock's influence is everywhere you look in this film. Shutter Island uses everything at its disposal from breathtaking scenery, to detailed laid-out shots, and to actors at their finest to completely engross you in the film. The atmosphere throughout the movie is tense and unsettling, but this as well as the slow pace is crucial to the movie and it's genuinely gripping. The film is full of flashbacks and haunting dream sequences that range in location from the island itself to the concentration camp at Dachau. The audience is constantly trapped in a world where one questions what is reality and what is dream. Shutter Island doesn't go for cheap thrills, so although you will be on the edge of your seat you won't get needlessly scared. This is a movie that will make you think, and by the end of the movie you may well be seeking psychological help yourself.