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Only the lobotomized won't see it coming...,
This review is from: Shutter Island [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
I had high hopes when renting this movie. Great reviews, solid cast and acclaimed director. It started out ok. But already knowing there would be some amazing plot twist at the end (it said there would be on the back of the cover), it took me about 20 minutes to figure out what that twist was going to be.
The fact that the hallucinations, dreams and headaches started almost as soon as DiCaprio's character arrived on the island, left only 2 logical explanations: 1) he was administered some type of medication in order to prevent him from discovering the islands secret (and that secret being unethical experients wasn't a huge leap of the imagination) or 2) he was suffering from hallucinations and flashbacks because he himself was, in fact, a patient. Sadly, both explanations are equally illogical. The first because, how would they ever have explained to his superiors on the mainland that he went "insane" while investigating the disappearance of a patient? And what about his partner Chuck? He would have been given the same medication. The second explanation proved laughable to say the least. He was given free reign of the island for 2 whole days, in the hope this would break through his delusions of being a marshall and bring him back to reality enough to avoid a lobotomy. A lobotomy that was, in fact, planned because he was considered a highly dangerous patient because of his militairy training. And they let this dangerous, violent mental patient run wild for 2 days? Really? Unfortunately this second, highly implausable plotline proved to be the one they went with here.
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That was a real letdown, as this movie had potential with great actos and a good, eerie location. I did watch it through to the end, which turned out to be pretty much what I had expected. I sort of kept hoping that this in fact wasn't the big plot twist, that there would be another following it. But when the end credits rolled, I knew that was it. I simply can't see how this movie got such raving reviews. I have seen many many movies, in all genres, and I suspect every seasoned movie watcher will get the twist long before it is revealed.
Mediocre movie at best, if it hadn't been for the hyped reviews it might have been entertaining though, as the acting and locations are good (hence the 2 stars). Now it just was a letdown. Talented actors and a great location gone to waste in my opinion.