When we saw the trailer for Shutter Island, we both agreed it would be a movie we wanted to see. It had been ages since we had the crap scared out of us or seen a really good mystery.
We both like Leonardo DiCaprio and I especially like Martin Scorsese movies.
Nancy said we had to go to an early matinée so when we came out there was still daylight. She didn’t want to go home in the dark, she was so convinced that Shutter Island would be that intense.
It was a really nice day and I didn’t want to waste it sitting inside a dark theater so we compromised and went to the four o’clock showing.
What a waste of time and money. I not only didn’t like the movie, worse yet, I actually thought it was boring. There was at least a half dozen times I just put my head back and listened to the dialog drone on.
This was a screenplay that written backwards from a great idea for an ending. The last plot twist was excellent. (No spoilers.) The end of the movie left me wondering where the truth was. Nice. But truly a forgettable movie.
But getting to the point of the movie was painful.
If I was the film editor, I could have cut this movie down from 138 minutes to at least 100 minutes and still maintained the story line. It probably would have improved the flow and been a better movie.
There was not one scary part. I can state this for a fact because I have no bruises from where Nancy grabbed one of my body parts. She agreed that it was a disappointing effort.
Even the special effects were pretty lame.
Leonardo DiCaprio was convincing as a tormented man whose mind was twisted and turned inside out. Ben Kingsley as the antagonist is just OK.
From the trailer and pre-publicity, you will know this is the story of a U.S. Marshal sent to an island for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of an inmate/patient.
Go see Shutter Island if you like a plot that takes forever to develop and an ending that is fairly routine. Better yet, rent any other DiCaprio or Scorcese movie and save your money for a better movie.