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SAS Movie Review – Shutter Island

SAS = Short Attention Span – basically if you’re like me, you don’t want to read a 3 page review of a movie that’s filled with dictionary look-up words and talks in-depth about the subtle nuances and how they correlate to post-modern, neo-classical, Machiavellian, or whatever random crap that was probably taught to me in school years ago, but has since been replaced with useless knowledge about things that would only help me in a People magazine crossword puzzle.

The point is, I will only write a simple review, nothing more than a page, and nothing that will ruin any aspect of the movie (I hope). So enjoy…


It took until March 6th, but I finally made my way out to the movies, and after what me and Maggie went thru, it might be another year until I go again. Perhaps my review is jaded by the 10 minute wait on a Saturday afternoon for tickets, then the additional 10-15 minute wait to pay $600 for a large popcorn and large cherry coke.

I think the biggest issue I had with this movie was that it didn’t feel like a Martin Scorsese movie.  You know when you’re watching a Scorsese movie – The Departed, Casino, Goodfellas, etc. it has this overall impact while you watch it and it’s usually supported by a great soundtrack or score.

That wasn’t the case here, this was the equivalent to sitting on the toilet for a long time – not because you reading a good book or newspaper, but because you’re obligated to stay on the toilet until you’re finished.  Actually a slightly less gross analysis would be that I’m fairly certain that Scorsese was playing poker with M. Night Shyamalan and lost a huge bet to him that instead of paying out cash, Scorsese had to agree to pretend to be the director of Shutter Island which was written/directed by M. Night, and then Mr. Shyamalan gets to attached his name to Martin’s real next movie.  If that’s true, I got high hopes for The Last Airbender when that comes out.

Actually the real problem here is Leonardo DiCaprio.  He’s a great actor, but he always come up short in movies that he’s heavily featured as the main actor like The Aviator and Body of Lies.  His best roles are when he’s not on the screen in almost every scene and supported by other great roles (i.e. Titantic, Departed, Catch Me If You Can, Blood Diamond and Revolutionary Road).  It’s not to say the supporting cast here wasn’t good.  Ben Kingsley is still great after all these years in a variety of roles and Patricia Clarkson always makes the most of her screen time.  I guess I shouldn’t say anything bad about Mark Ruffalo since he went to my high school, but Michelle Williams was a little over the top with her Boston accent.

Shutter Island is too long over a movie at 134 minutes especially considering how long the first hour drags on.  It does pick up some steam in an almost Lost-like fashion during the second hour, but the grand reveal at the end just leaves you sitting there scratching your head and wondering what the purpose of the first 2 hours were for.  Just an overall disappointment from the Scorsese/DiCaprio team as they are usually successful when working together,

On a side note, the best part of the movie was this weird girl who could not have been more than 21 years old, wearing at least 3-inch heels getting up a half-dozen times during the movie to stumble down the aisle and out the door.