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John & Becky’s Movie Review of Shutter Island

Becky and I went to see new movie Shutter Island on Friday night at the AMC Theaters in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

I’m a bit behind on the movie reviews again. I got pretty busy last week since I was moving my office as The Cool Car Guy to a new location. I need to write a couple movie reviews this week, but I wanted to get this one up for Shutter Island since it did $40 million at the box office this weekend.

The Fandango website at Shutter Island describes the movie as follows:

“The project centers on a U.S. marshal (Mark Ruffalo) who along with his new partner (Leonardo DiCaprio) travels to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. During their inquiry , the two encounter a web of deceit, experience a hurricane and become involved in a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island. Ben Kingsley will play Dr. Cawley, the hospital’s enigmatic chief physician who must reluctantly play host to the two U.S. marshals…”

The Review
Shutter Island is a film that has great actors, incredible acting and Directing, but the story is totally whacked. We were really looking forward to this film because they have been advertising it for so long and we figured it would be great with the all star cast. However, it’s extremely graphic with disturbing violence and all kinds of stuff going on in the film that makes you cringe at times. It takes place inside of a mental hospital on an island that there is no way out and you don’t know who’s insane and who is normal.  It’s a bit nuts as you might expect.

It does keep your interest, but it moves really slow, it will keep you guessing for sure, but it’s too disturbing. The main character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is brilliant in this movie, is dealing with some serious mental issues from his past with flashbacks to World War II and the Nazi camps.  You will see scenes with bodies everywhere and it’s a bit horrific. He has witnessed some sick events in his life and he believes that his wife has been murdered and a woman he’s looking for on the island is locked up for killing all of her children. At least, you think that’s what happened or maybe not?

The theater on Friday was packed. However, by the time the movie is over we both left thinking it was a rental at best and many people who were leaving didn’t like it that much either. We didn’t enjoy the movie because of the outcome and the reality of the insanity that is taking place. It will definitely make you shutter when you discover what’s really going on at Shutter Island and it was a let down.  This is not a film with a happy ending for sure, but was far too depressing for our liking.

John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
John Boyd

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