MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Shutter Island’ is a dark, involving ride

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

“Shutter Island” is a tense, uncomfortable movie from director Martin Scorsese and his star, Leonardo DiCaprio.
As soon as we see the island that gives the movie its name, we hear loud, menacing music. The mood is set.
There’s been an escape from Shutter Island, a facility for the criminally insane. DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, a U.S. marshal, who’s on a mission to investigate the escape.
From the beginning, this is a weird case for Teddy and his partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo). The head doctor (Ben Kingsley) has a charming demeanor, but he’s not always forthcoming with straight answers.
That’s the issue about “Shutter Island”: straight answers. I don’t want to give you any of those, either, for fear of messing up the experience for you.
In the past, I’ve complained about movies that have been too predictable. I had an idea how “Shutter Island” would come out, but I also had about five or six other ideas.
I was never totally confused, nor was I ever completely sure of my footing. That’s a credit to Scorsese’s masterful storytelling, but writers Laeta Kalogridis, who wrote the screenplay, and Dennis Lehane, who wrote the novel, deserve kudos, too.
“Shutter Island” is a dark ride. There’s no law that says movies have to be upbeat, but even horror movies break up the carnage with humorous interludes. I remember only one joke from “Shutter Island,” but it did nothing to lighten a tense scene.
Since I left the theater, this movie has gotten better. I’ve been replaying scenes and dialogue, and rethinking the motivation of the characters.
“Shutter Island” is a disorienting trip through the proverbial looking glass. If you’re up for it, take a look and you’ll find interesting stuff.
I give “Shutter Island” a B plus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.

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