Monday, August 23, 2010

Shutter Island (2010 )

Stars :Leonardo DiCaprio , Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams , Emily Mortimer, Max von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley]

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Written By: Laeta Kalogridis ,Steven Knight (uncredited), Dennis Lehane (novel)


In world of today where even the biggest name does not guarantees satisfaction , there is still one name that can guarantee  100% pure delight n satisfaction n that's Martin Scorsese. Each and every movie of his is a class apart and every time he is able to bring something fresh and new. With all the hype surrounding his new movie "Shutter Island" it was just the question of  when I can get my hands on it and today I did. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name.

U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels (Leanardo DiCaprio) is assigned to a case where a  prisoner escaped from shutter island a mental facility which houses the most dreaded criminal minds in U.S. He is accompanied by a fellow marshal, U.S. Marshal Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo ) and they are to investigate about this escape. The institution is headed by Dr. John Cawley(Ben Kingsley) who deeply believes in what he is trying to do out there, bringing some sanity to the  insane criminal minds. The prisoner who has escaped is named Rachel Solando ( Emily Mortimer) and is convicted of murdering her three children by drowning them in the lake in her backyard. Teddy is suspicious about the facility right from the start and his suspicion becomes more strong after meeting a few staff members and patients. He is sure that something serious and hideous is being done at the facility may be medical experiments are being conducted on the patients. He starts looking for proof to support his claims, discover the truth and uncover the really happenings of the facility. What and how he discovers the truth is what the movie is all about. Just be patient and you are surely in for something special.

With the wide range of movie genre and roles DiCaprio has been doing for the last decade he has established himself as one of the top leading men of our times. He has proven his talent time and again in wide variety of roles but I feel while playing complex and slightly disturbed or paranoid characters is when he really lights up the screen. Characters that are haunted by their past or being tormented by their present. Here also DiCaprio showcases genuine emotions and brings out the conflicted self brilliantly on screen. As someone who is haunted by his memories and is torn between his motives and duties, its a pleasure to watch DiCaprio do something I feel he can file a copyright for.

Our leading men have the caliber to hold a movie on their own but with a able supporting cast the movie just rises to another level. The same happened with Shutter Island. Mark Ruffalo , Sir Ben Kingsley were the two main supporting characters and both were superb in their parts. Mark as US Marshal Chuk and partner of Teddy provides the right questions that help unravel the motives of DiCaprio and also helps in keeping the real truth in wraps.  Ben Kingsley as Crowley keeps the mystery around him intact. With sheepish smiles and grins while smoking pipe made me believe there was something not right about the man. He has a heavy voice which accompanied with some interestingly written questions gives the air of suspicion around his real work a bit more weight. Emily has a small role as Mrs Solando but she adds to the mystery surrounding the Island.

A director can be good if and only if he makes his audience believe in what he is showing on the screen and Martins Scorsese as always does it here again. Through out the movie I believed in what was on screen and then he surprised me. Martin knows his craft too well and like every great director knows what the audience is thinking. Everytime I thought of a different possibility Scorsese came up with something that contradicted what I was thinking. I felt there were few scenes in the movie where the special effects were not up to the mark, I could clearly mark out that these are special effects but other than that the whole movie is very gripping and kept me on my toes.

I am sure the movie is going to get a few nominations at the Academy Awards. Though not the best from Martin Scorsese but  its still good enough to make you feel thrilled and satisfied. A must watch for those who love psychological thrillers.

Highlights : Good script, Excellent performance, superb narration and direction.

Rating ; 8.5/10

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