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March 2, 2010

LEONARDO DI CAPRIO IN SHUTTER ISLAND. STUNNING!

Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island
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SHUTTER ISLAND WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR STAND ON END

Not everything seems what they are in this film, that revolves around Leonardo DeCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. They team up as a pair of U.S Marshals. And they travel to coastal island to find an escaped mental patient.

While at the mental facility they are met with hostile guards and directors of the compound. It’s hard to tell for a while, who are the patients and who is not.

At times -- everyone seems like they had just had a lobotomy. There is always the feeling in the air, that this is a dangerous place to be.

This is a thriller that really is a thriller that harkens back to the wonderful mystery films of yesterday. There is no doubt about it – Shutter Island will keep you on the edge of your seat. In fact, even if you have the urge to go the bathroom – you will not be able to leave the screen for a moment, afraid that you will miss the next exciting moment. Think of movies like “Snake Pit” that starred Olivia de Havilland and even “Baby Jane” that starred Bette Davis.

There are superb performances by Ben Kingsley (the head of the institution), Michelle Williams (portrays DiCaprio’s deceased wife) in an especially horrific flash back. Mark Ruffalo, as DiCaprio’s sidekick – couldn’t be smoother and better. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley round out the astounding supporting cast. But, it is really DiCaprio that stirs up a crescendo of emotions. He is thrillingly spellbinding.

There is disturbing violent content. Some rough language and a little nudity.

Martin Scorsese had taken us on a trip that will stay in your memory for a long, long time. In fact – seeing it again and again would not be a bad idea. Scorsese has directed a work of “Pure Genius!”

NOW SHOWING AT THEATRES EVERYWHERE.
IT IS #1 IN GROSSES AT THE BOX OFFICE

RATING: FOUR BOXES OF POPCORN!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook section and produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

 
(Themes: Doctors, Patients, Missing Persons.)

(Keywords: doctor, nurse, island, marshal, mental-institution, tense, scary, emotional, popcorn, rating, director, movies, film, Di  Caprio, Mark Ruffalo.)

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