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Shutter Island- A classic Leonardo Di Caprio role that finishes with a shockingly obvious twist. Once again, it is time to embark on a journey through Leonardo Di Caprio’s mind, in today’s case, Teddy Daniels, an aging World War II veteran now turned US Marshall who is introduced to us vomiting in the bathroom of a ferry rocked left and right by the turbulent waters during its journey out to Shutter Island. The island they seek is some sort of spin off of Alcatraz or Harry Potter’s “Azkaban” for that matter. It houses the worst of the worst criminally insane murderers and monsters of the world who the decorated and esteemed head psychiatrist strictly refers to as “patients” not prisoners. The island is pervaded with ominous hints beginning with horrific looks from deathlylooking “patients” to notes and clues pointing to missing patients and a ridiculous Nazi experimentation cover-up. Martin Scorcese paints us a classic dreamlike picture of Leonardo di Caprio’s mind, one which he increasingly has trouble controlling towards the end of the film as the search for the secret of Shutter Island turns into a personal hunt for vengeance on the killer of his late wife, Dolores, who he believes to be hidden somewhere on the island. Visions of his wife blend in to the background of his perspective and he sometimes leaves reality during a series of migraines, which cause him to pass out and awake after a vivid experience that is often quite appalling to the audience. Images of Nazi death camps, firing squads, dead
From the start of the film it is noticeable that it takes as much as a black and white polaroid of a “patient” gone missing to induce a mental flashback in the mind of this lead detective. torture. in fact. and more pictures of death and decay flash across the screen. because their words are bi-products of disturbed minds. at certain points this is actually insinuated. is not so convincing. the audience. or are these ideas only perpetuated into his growing obsession. and as the film progresses so due the intensity of the dreams and flashbacks. and possibly run by an ex-Nazi war camp operator. Is Shutter Island really a place of incessant lobotomies. The absurdity of the investigation seems to peak as we. altogether. criminally insane with disorders ranging from paranoid schizophrenia to extreme cases of manic depression and any where in between. psychotropic drugging of the patients food. the stronger his obsession to the case grows. and corruption. because these “patients” are. and nothing they say should have any involvement in a real police investigation. the more real life and his dream world collide until finally the case is solved.toddlers. humors Di Caprio’s suspicions with their jumbled messages. The acting in this movie. water. Regardless. and is mainly comprised of the cheap imitation Bostonian accents put on by marshal Daniels . and even cigarette supply. and you wonder where this could be taking the plot. In a similar fashion to Inception. yes. Every “patient” he speaks to. begin to realize just how loosely Di Caprio grips reality. and the plot is a lot more believable than the truth he finds. and talk of secrets. all of the “patients” housed on the island suffer from various psychotic episodes.
as each event that occurs as the film progresses is more and more fictional and fairytale-esque then the prior events. Shutter Island is not authentic and not entertaining. The entire film feels more like a bad dream than a cinematic journey. and popcorn more than the immediate satisfaction of viewing this film in theaters. From Daniels’ journey down and then up the face of a cliff to the growing magnitude of each hallucination. but leaves one adrift watching the movie pass by and counting down the time until the credits will flash across the screen. If one is really interested in viewing this film. It comes down to simple economics: just don’t do it. drinks. my advice is to simply wait until this one drops on direct television. but have no real meaning. and the patients of the movie theater can feel free to get up and quickly evacuate the premises like a fire or some other emergency situation is occurring. . You will value the money saved on tickets.and his “partner”. along with the mildly offensive. stereotypical neo-nazi German spoken by the two doctors old enough to be my great-grandfather. Ghastly makeup depicting scars from the “patients’” old crimes accompany these incorrect portrayals of older insane asylums and patients. the audience feels less and less connection to the film as it progresses frame by frame. Scripting for the criminally insane seems to use the approach of a teen horror flick with vague yet ominous statements that suggest murder and corruption on the island.
the idea of the mental facility on an island. and second. I wanted someone to read the first sentence and think “oh. Coming bluntly right off the bat like this establishes my views early on in an assertive way that really leaves no space for the reader to be confused. and the great acting on all parts. and meanwhile I ignore the building tension in the movie. because first off. I focus in specifically on things as well as attacking the foundation of the entire film. and then exploit these holes in the plot to discredit the movie. I always noticed its similarities to Inception. and the overall eerie creepy vibe the movie gives. the jump scenes. it was on Netflix.Process Reflection I chose Shutter Island as my film to review. and then I can focus on the unrealistic elements and generally make them look stupid. which is another favorite movie of mine. with my sarcastic pop culture reference. After that comparison the rest of the plot should be easily viewable as unrealistic. well he definitely only gave this movie one or two stars”. and I thought it would be fun to write a movie review in the Roger Ebert style that can easily find the flaws and holes in a plot as fantastical as either of these movies. I then continue through the review jumping from flaw to flaw. anything that would not happen in the real world. although it was a precursor to Inception. that I would hope subconsciously changes the way the reader continues through the review. I wanted to first begin with a bold catchy statement that introduced which direction the review was going. the wonderful orchestral accompaniment. it was a film I have really enjoyed and seen multiple times. .
I made a sarcastic comparison to low quality teen horror movies which are often over the top in their incorporation of visual gore and acts of violence. Finally. who roles in the plot are not as strong as the mentally sound and are never really characterized as the plot moves forward. and other figurative language in order to effectively paint a picture in the reader’s head of exactly how bad the film is. but hope that the reader makes a subconscious connection to my earlier reference to Inception. and I believe that if I point it out to others. I talk about how bad the acting is. A few more harsh criticisms and strong negative comparisons following which strongly rely on metaphors. imitative. but rather than admitting to its particularly gruesome nature. instead of calling them corny.Near the end of the critical plot summary I devoted a page solely to “ripping on” every aspect of the film. I refer to them as cheap. they will agree. Their makeup in some cases was frightening. Since the majority of readers will consider themselves to be rational beings I believe this is a strong closing statement that succinctly summarizes why not to pay to see this movie in about three sentences. another film starring Di Caprio where he seems to be stuck living inside of a dream for the entirety of his adult life. . stereotypical. I close with a logical thought process based on the economic concepts of rationality and opportunity costs. I focus strongly on the lines presented by the insane patients of the hospital. similes. I then state that the film feels like a bad dream in reference to its fantastical events and far out events. and offensive. However. and in reality the accents are pretty corny in my opinion.