Sunday, February 13, 2011

Shutter Island (2010)

Very highly recommended.  If you get part way through, and are ready to dismiss it as anti-American garbage--keep going!   There is a surprise ending that had me guessing (wrongly) all the way to the end.  In particular, notice the film technique that varies from sequence to sequence in a way that at first looks like some error in what type of film was used (assuming anyone still used film)--but you will realize at the surprise ending has a meaning.

When I say, "error in what type of film was used," the variation is more vastly more subtle than say, They Saved Hitler's Brain (1963), which was actually the result of several years elapsing between filming of different parts of the movie).

This is not just a brilliant thriller--it is also a powerfully touching film about confronting loss and tragedy, and how some respond.

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