FILM FANS: 'Shutter Island' is slow, but end is worth it

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3 1/2 out of 4 stars

"Shutter Island," another Scorsese masterpiece or a dud?

Be prepared for a very strange movie. Drove me nuts. Is this by design?

Some people who couldn't handle the slowness and all the vicissitudes of a seemingly non-existent plot stepped out to the concession stand to regain a sense of sanity.

I went back for the punishment and right at the end the drama was unwound and all started to make sense.

Masterpiece or dud?

After pondering all night long, I vote for masterpiece.

The director through Leonardo DiCaprio's eyes painted in my brain how it feels to be not-normal and they both got me. I totally hated it but this might be an Oscar winner for both. Pay attention.

— Alfred Richner, Duluth

4 out of 4 stars

Although the movie started a little slow, it was not long before I was on the edge of my seat.

Martin Scorsese creates a psychological thriller that gets into the head of Teddy Daniels, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he investigates a strange disappearance in "Shutter Island."

The jumping between thoughts and reality may not appeal to all, but I thought it worked perfectly to help unfold the story. The acting, especially from DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley, was top notch.

I was engrossed in the film and loved the ending.

This is well worth seeing at the theater. You will enjoy dissecting this film with your friends on the drive home. I cannot wait to see it again.

— Sean Ahern, Buford

2 out of 4 stars

"Shutter Island" is a tense psychological thriller about a federal marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigating a patient's disappearance at a hospital for the criminally insane.

There is a sense of foreboding and uneasiness from the opening scene until the end, which had an unexpected twist.

The acting is very good by the entire cast and the atmosphere is appropriately creepy and disturbing, especially the scene in the ward for the very disturbed patients. Leave the kids at home for this one.

— Kevin Kilroe, Lawrenceville