shutter island movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Many teens will be able to handle it, but the psychological thrills and twists aren’t for everyone. Shutter Island is a dark and disturbing thriller film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and is directed by Martin Scorsese.


In the 1950s, two US marshals are sent to a hospital for the criminally insane on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient.

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Movie details

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis
Release Date (Australia): 18 February 2010
Runtime: 138 minutes/2h 18m
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English, German


Themes (MA15+)

The film is mainly concerned with disturbing scenes and thematic content such as insanity, murder and scenes depicting people in mental hospitals.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains depictions of people being shot, accompanied by blood sprays. There are also depictions of injury detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the word “f**k”.

Nudity (M)

The film includes brief depictions of male full frontal and buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film includes infrequent verbal references to sex.

mpaa rating

R (for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Shutter Island is certainly worthwhile when you’re truly able to concentrate closely on its very slow-moving but immensely complex twist. It’s probably not the best movie we’ve received from such a talented director, Martin Scorsese, but his execution of Dennis Lehane’s psychologically thrilling story is still brilliant.

It feels quite rare when psychological films approach and are able to fully compel and thrill us with its moving concept and dark twists, but it’s probably rarer when that film provides its obviously slow-burning story in a way that won’t keep your attention the ENTIRE time. With a solid runtime of over 2 hours, Shutter Island delivers massive amounts of flawless components such as performances and decent execution. However, this is not a light-toned film where you can just completely switch off and still collect the overall effect that’s the exact same as the impact caused to everyone who was properly concentrating.

It’s very solid, very twisted, very disturbing, and Martin Scorsese is able to significantly capture exactly what’s required. DiCaprio is excellent in this movie, but ever other cast member that even briefly appears throughout the film does an exceptional job. Shutter Island’s only weakness lands in between almost nearly every moment, which is slow and dragged out in a psychological tone. Kids should also keep away from this solid darkness.

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