Shutter Island – Movie Review

‘Shutter Island’ released few months back, but I held back viewing it earlier as I had read the book it is based on by Dennis Lehane. Here is my Book Review.

The reason I had delayed primarily was that I wanted to ‘forget’ the book and then watch the movie without getting influenced. However, now I know that the book is not easy to forget. The movie is a faithful adaptation of the book and tries its best to live up to the standards of the book. Director Martin Scorcese and actor Leonardo Dicaprio tries to justify the book as much as the medium of cinema permits.

The movie follows the complex storyline almost as faithfully as the book. Leonardo Dicaprio is brilliant as Teddy Daniels and Mark Ruffalo fulfills the role of his partner Chuck. But Ben Kingsley as Dr. Crawly is superbly cast and you cannot imagine anyone else. The haunting mysterious island is one of the characters of the movie and it is certainly very well shot and presented. The background music at some points define the stormy atmosphere of the film.

Although I have to admit that knowing the ‘twist’ in the movie because of reading the book doesn’t help much as that is the problem with suspense novels. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the movie more if I had NOT read the book and didn’t know about what was to come.

If you have not seen this movie or read the boom then please do so. Watch the movie for superb acting and directing skills, witty dialogues and haunting atmosphere. The book can be read for finer details of the plot.

My Ratings : 8/10 . Do not delay watching it