Shutter Island initially left me entertained, but naggingly disappointed. It may be that I have unfair expectations of Martin Scorsese, but this is not a film that offers anything we haven’t seen before. In may ways this a fairly conventional Hollywood psychological thriller, with a splash of horror.
But on reflection, it’s difficult not to appreciate how well done it is; nobody disappoints and Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley put in faultless performances. While the reveal is no great surprise to anyone who knows the genre, the consistency of the narrative — that is, the way everything falls into place and all makes sense — deserves to be admired.
In the end a good, solid popcorn movie.