Movie Number- 72
Title– Shutter Island (2010)
Genre– Thriller
Branden’s Rating– 6 out of 10
Bridgette’s Rating– 6 out of 10
Average Rating– 6
Netflix Rating– 3 Stars
Comments– Here is one where a “6” really means “disappointing” for me.  There is no way that this movie deserves anything less than a 6, but at the same time, I was expecting to like it more – around an 8 was my guess coming in.  Leonardo DiCaprio did a nice job, and I love Mark Ruffalo as an actor, and thought he lived up to his name.  The problem here wasn’t the acting by any stretch: it was the story.  I knew the “twist” less than halfway through the movie.  Now, to be fair, that might have been because I was looking for it, hearing about how this movie had a twist ever since it was released in theatres, but I still wanted more from the twist.

Haha, I just turned to, and apparently there is a group of people there that insist the opposite of what the movie spells out for the viewer to be the story.

I went ADD for a moment, excuse me.  Back to the movie.  Shutter Island is definitely an interesting film, and I highly recommend it, but what it really did for me was make me want to read through the book.  I thought the characterizations were complete and interesting, and the story, though predictable in my eyes, was nicely woven.  If you’re on the fence about this one, I suggest giving it at least a rental.  The Blu-Ray looks nice, so at least you’ll have that.  Memorable.

Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn't until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor's and master's degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.