Sunday, September 26, 2010

Movie review – “Shutter Island” (2010) ***1/2

The story is silly, really, but Martin Scorsese's full-blown operatic directorial style suits silly stories (eg The Departed) and it's the big attraction here. Leo di Caprio is pretty good as the federal marshall who goes to an island which houses a lunatic asylum. There's plenty of spookiness and shocks - all those years of asthmatic Marty watching Hammer and Universal clearly pay off. He finally made a horror movie - for that's what this is, basically. The story doesn't really make sense when you think about it - would they go to this much trouble? - and is overlong but is done with total conviction and I enjoyed it.

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