Shutter Island 2010

In many ways, "Shutter Island" may be the film that speaks most directly from director Martin Scorsese's experiences as a youth, growing up surrounded by cinema and steeped in the Catholic Church. On Saturdays, he was in the movie house, hoping for excitement; on Sundays, he was in Mass, praying for forgiveness. Adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel, "Shutter Island" combines the lunging thrills of the B-movie matinee with a spiritual quest for forgiveness and peace. It's not the smoothest or most carefully crafted movie, but it's undeniably gorgeous, and shot through with flashes of brilliance like lightning in the dark.


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