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Movie Review: 'Shutter Island'

Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' opens nationwide today
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Shutter Island is a sign that the Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration should end. It was with much anticipation that we attended an advance screening of the movie a few days ago and it was with much disappointment we left the theater. We haven't seen a film as confused as this in quite some time. Yes, the plot about a US Marshall, played by DiCaprio, investigating the disappearance of a patient/inmate at an island-bound mental hospital ("for the criminally insane" - repeated inanely) in the 1950s, is convoluted and complicated, but it's the actual film that feels confused.Boston Harbor does have an island with a former mental hospital on it and Boston Harbor does have an island with a Civil War era fort on it, both key references in the setting of the film, yet Scorsese decided that the best thing to do instead of using those locations would be to create a computer-generated mega island that rises from the mist like Mordor out of Peter Jackson's mind. On the island every white picket-fence scene is underscored by what we thought is supposed to be creepy weirdness a la David Lynch. The David Lynch link was confirmed by an elaborately surreal dream sequence that is probably the highlight of the film. Unfortunately this occurs before we're even halfway through the film so it's a long slog downhill from this "highlight".