Shutter Island (2010)

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Paramount || R - 137 minutes - $29.99 || June 8, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-06-22

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer(s): Dennis Lehane (novel); Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Theatrical Release Date: February 19, 2010

Supplemental Material:

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

During the advertisements for Shutter Island, the movie is proclaimed to be a great horror/mystery movie rolled into one perfect little ball. Iím here to inform you that the advertisements and the stuff youíve heard from your peers is wrong. The movie drags on far too long, the overall mystery can be solved in the first twenty minutes, and the film just isnít that enticing.

Teddy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) are two detectives heading to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient named Rachel. They believe that something is amiss on the island and travel by boat to the secluded island to meet with the chief at the facility Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley). The detectives ask the doctor what happened to Rachel but heís not too forthcoming with the truth. Instead, the kind doctor lets Teddy know that he feels the girl simply vanished into thin air and the staff needs the police to figure out what happened and fast, as they canít let a patient loose on the island that could be a danger to others.

Upon further investigation, Teddy and Chuck realize that the island may be more than meets the eye. The two officers find out through many interrogations with the staff that there are a total of 64 patients yet they only count 63. The rule of 64 is then found on a sheet which forces Teddy and Chuck to think that there may be an additional patient that the doctor is keeping them from interviewing. They find other things startling on the island, such as the fact that through the interrogation Teddy is given clues such as ďto run away right nowĒ and the police on the island arenít being too forthcoming either with information. Instead they treat the detectives differently and tend to block them at any path they take to find out the truth. Can the detectives find Rachel or will the island be their last residence?

This is supposed to a mystery type of film. Instead, the film plays out more like a made-for-television movie that can be solved within the first twenty minutes. Yes, I solved this within the first ten minutes of the movie opening, and if you think Iím lying, I have witnesses so HA! The film just doesnít portray the ďmysteryĒ part too well and Iím sure that 99.99 percent of people who choose to watch this film will odds are figure it out in no time. The clues given about the mystery of the island and Rachel and others are just way too obvious to see and are put directly in front of you to decipher. This isnít by any means of a great film, so donít go thinking that just because of whom the director is or the cast involved.

I canít really think of anything good to write about the movie in all honesty. The film isnít that captivating to me, the mystery lame, and the characters donít even provide a great acting experience. The movie was originally slated to be released in 2009 but pushed back for unknown reasons but Iím guessing it was because of what the film was up against in October when the original release date was set. I was hoping that the film being pushed back would alleviate some of the problems but sadly I see nothing that could have happened in a positive way.

For a mystery movie to be successful and captivate audiences they have to be led in by an interesting premise, which does occur, but then struggle the entire movie to figure out whatís going on. That doesnít happen here at all. The length of the movie is also a major issue here, as though upwards of two and a half hours is way too long for the flick. The movie struggles to maintain pace and I found myself to be quite bored throughout.

For a mystery movie there is little to nothing here in that genre and instead people are treated to a violent fest towards the end and predictable twists and turns.


Nope, nothing here. What a shame that thereís absolutely zilch here for people who buy the DVD.


The transfer for this film is the only thing scary about it, as though it sports some lame visuals and nothing exciting at all. Colors are dreary and mundane, to say the least, and provide little to no value in actually caring about the transfer itself. I figured this was done to accentuate the dreariness of the film but somehow not to the extent that I see it. Brightness levels are also somewhat off as well, since there are many dark scenes that suffer from grain and noise levels being too much. Thereís nothing great to write home about this transfer and since you have to sit through two and a half hours of it, I apologize on behalf of the studio that didnít care enough to make a decent video quality.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track doesnít fare any better. Thereís nothing yet again to praise here, as though since there are only a few action sequences or jump moments to be found I canít really go too into detail on how they sound. The few sequences sounded decent but not phenomenal as I was hoping for. There were many scenes, since this is a primarily dialogue-heavy film that I had trouble hearing and that caused quite a few problems for me. I had to tweak the volume multiple times in the upward direction and that gets old real quick. Surround sound is basically non-existent though and rarely did I hear anything from my right or left rears.


Shutter Island is a decent film but odds are one you wonít watch again. The film is quite long and I feel that at least fifteen to twenty minutes of the movie could have been cut to smooth the rough edges in terms of runtime and boredom. The technical specs are merely average but the lack of any extras make this one a rental at best. This is one island to visit although donít make your stay any longer than a night.