Shudder Island

02 Aug

If you want a creepy, psychological thriller, then look no further than Shutter Island.  Based on Dennis Lehane’s book, the movie follows Teddy Daniels, a US Marshall in search of a missing “patient” at a mental institution for the criminally insane.  He soon reveals to his new partner Chuck that he is also looking for a guy named Laeddis, who’d set an apartment building on fire and killed his wife.  Soon after arriving on the island, however, Teddy begins having nightmares and hallucinations.  He also believes there is a conspiracy with those in charge of the institution to experiment on their patients, much like the Nazis did at the concentration camps.

Most movies that come out are not worthy of the price of admission into the theater, nor even the low price of a DVD rental.  But this one definitely is worth it.  There is a twist, which I won’t reveal here but I’ll just say it completely blind-sided me.  It’s one of those twists that makes the viewer want to go back and watch it again, just to see all the clues that were missed.  If you haven’t seen it already, I highly recommend that you do, though it’s probably best not to watch it by yourself or on a stormy night (and most definitely not by yourself on a stormy night).


Posted by on August 2, 2010 in Entertainment


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2 responses to “Shudder Island

  1. Di

    August 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the tip. I had wondered about this one, and kept flipping past it in Red Box. I’ll get it and give it a try. Another one I recently watched that is a must see-Don’t let anyone do a spoiler cause it will blow it for even watching the movie after that!!! Remember Me with Robert Pattison.
    I’m looking forward to watching his career take off. He is a talented actor, and I know he will not get locked into the Edward image – he has already done much to move his career forward. This was a great watch.

    • Liz

      August 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Fred and I also just watched Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief. I really enjoyed it (Fred liked it, too, but not as much as I did). I didn’t read the books for that series, either, though, which is probably why I enjoyed it. I’ve heard from several people that it doesn’t follow the book very well. I’ll still read them, though. 🙂


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