Shutter Island

(As always, this blog is devoid of spoilers)

Shutter Island wasn’t really a movie I had been greatly anticipating. I had known about its production for a while, and knew it was another Scorsese/DiCaprio project. I was fairly certain it would be good, but it wasn’t something that I told myself I needed to see opening weekend (like Avatar!) However, I heard great things just days after its release, and decided to catch it on Sunday night. And boy am I glad I did!

Last week, I had a conversation with my friend about the most noteworthy suspense/mystery/horror movies that have come out in the US since 2000. We chose that year because it was the year after the Sixth Sense came out, which was the last real big hit of the genre. We didn’t really come up with much. Our list consisted of: The Ring, Signs, The Others, Saw and Scream. That’s it. Needless to say, the genre has been in a little bit of a rut.

That’s when Martin Scorsese stepped in.

Scorsese is mostly known for his “mafia” movies such as Goodfellas, Casino, the Departed, etc. Doesn’t really stray much into mystery/suspense… but he did a hell of a job. Within 10 minutes, the plot is already set up and you know that you’re in for a great ride. However, the movie really fucks with your head. I say the plot is set up, but at least you think it is set up. As it progresses shit keeps happening and you have no idea why. But it all comes together in the end.

The ending is arguably a little predictable, and even though what ended up playing out was one of the possibilities I had conjured up in my head about midway through the movie… I was more interested in how it actually got to the ending as opposed to what the end result actually was. Brilliant story-telling and great filmmaking all around. A lot of good actors in the film too. Obviously DiCaprio, but also Sir Ben Kingsley, a small role by Jackie Earl Haley, Mark Ruffalo, and Michelle Williams. Michelle Williams is beautiful by the way… she has come a long way since Dawson’s Creek. (…not that I watched that…)

Highly, highly recommend this movie to everyone.

I actually almost got to the movie late because I was watching the end of the USA/Canada game on television. Holy crap, what a fucking game! Possibly the best hockey game I have ever witnessed. For those of you unfamiliar, Canada pretty much owns hockey. Half the people in their country play the sport. They are heavily favored to take home the gold, while US was originally thought to be the 4th best team. So this wasn’t exactly a repeat of the Miracle on Ice when we beat the Soviets, but it was a pretty huge upset. The top 7 or 8 players on the Canadian team would easily the best player on the American squad. The US decided to go with a young team, and casual hockey fans probably haven’t even heard of half of them. However, they play with a lot of energy and they are a fun bunch to root for.

I had been starting to hate our country lately for many reasons, but the Olympics have given me a renewed sense of nationalism. I suppose that is the point. And who knows, maybe the US hockey team will singlehandedly rejuvenate our economy.

All in all, it was a solid Sunday night.

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