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Why I Couldn't Stand Shutter Island

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I guess it's better than watching Barney reruns...


The plot, the confusion, the acting, the complete lack of anything interesting

Full Review

I have heard again and again how all of my friends loved the movie Shutter Island and I must say that I just don't get it. First of all, I still can't get past Leonardo DiCaprio being the teen crush of my generation and he still looks somewhat like a scrawny teenage boy to me. Because of this, I have a hard time taking him seriously and this role was mean to be serious.

The next thing that keeps tripping me up is that I was under the assumption that this was to be a suspense/thriller but I was not in suspense or thrilled at any point during this movie. I wanted so badly for someone/something to jump out of the bushes during this movie and I was severely disappointed. The scariest part was that creepy old lady patient at the beginning who motions Leo to "Shhhhhhh!"

The rest of the movie was just plain confusing. I don't mind a good film that leaves you sitting there thinking, "Wow, that wasn't what I expected at all!" But when I'm sitting there thinking, "Wow, why am I still sitting here?" then I feel like I'm wasting my time.

I also think this movie had WAY too much hype before it came out. What ever happened to letting the public be pleasantly surprised because they had no clue a movie was going to be this good? Does word of mouth count for nothing these days? I seriously can't remeber the last film that lived up to the hype that the media created for it. Over the years I have also learned that if the critics raved about it then I'm going to hate it and that the general public is a much more reliable place to get my reviews because nobody is paying them!

In Closing

All in all, I have seen worse, but I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on this movie because there's plenty of good stuff out there to watch.



Oct 19, 2010 1:33pm
I totally disagree. I also thought it was more "scary" from the previews, but was glad it wasn't. I thought it was an excellently written movie that takes people along with the breaking of the human psyche. It's more of a psychological thriller than horror. There are things they use as foreshadowing. There are clues along the way if you are paying attention. It's worth watching. The ending WAS a surprise. Sometimes people get movies because of their own lives. This was just a new way to examine brokenness. For similar movies that use time check out Memento or Butterfly Effect.

I haven't paid attention to move hype since Jerry McGuire forgot to show me the money. Now THAT movie sucked!!
Oct 19, 2010 1:51pm
I have seen both Memento and the Butterfly Effect and I like both of those. I also loved The Manchurian Candidate! For some reason Shutter Island just left me feeling cheated. It may have been because it was billed as more of a horror movie and that was what I was in the mood for, but I just couldn't get interested in this one!

I actually enjoyed Jerry McGuire, but I'm a sucker for a cheesy romance!
Nov 20, 2010 12:00am
Shutter Island might be a movie that needs to be seen twice. I saw it, and I won't mind if I have time watching it again to check for anything that I missed.

I dearly hate Avatar. In conclusion, when it comes to hype movies, I think it's best to watch it say two years later. Let all the talk about it subside.

Cyberchica, I just watched a family film called Furry Vengeance with Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, and that Asian man who's been in a lot of screwball comedies lately. That was a really funny movie to me. Every character had funny lines. The writers did a great job of implementing funny jokes.
Nov 20, 2010 12:38am
I enjoyed Avatar! But I am totally with you on hype movies. I am curious about Furry Vengence, I've been wanting to check that out - now I surely will, thanks!
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