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Shutter Island (2010)
This movie has one huge problem
*This review may also spoil the Sixth Sense*
The main problem with this movie for me was that it was very predictable that there would be a twist. When Leonardo Dicaprio's character finds out that Shutter Island may be grounds for illegal experimentation, it is painfully obvious that there is going to be a twist since there are still a lot of mysteries. Therefore, there is very little believability to the notion that Shutter Island is carrying out such operations and very little tension. While watching I though of a couple of theories for what the twist might be (thats how sure I was of the twist). Of course it was the least original one that I thought of: Ted Daniels is an actual patient on the island. While that ending is so "out there," I also feel like I've seen it a thousand times. Scorcese builds the entire movie around this twist, which is a disaster because the twist is expected and unoriginal.
A similar movie with a twist, the Sixth Sense, is so much better than this one because it explores a very interesting conflict, but is not so mysterious which makes the viewer unsuspecting of any twists. The downfall to Shutter Island was Scorcese overdoing the mystery aspect. I would give this movie a 4, but I feel that this movie has inflated ratings because no one wants to admit that such a great director disappointed (that's not to say everyone's rating is inflated, but it makes sense to assume that such inflation exists when this painfully predictable movie has an 8.1.)