Maybe I've just seen too many films and read too many books but I'd guessed the outcome of Shutter Island after about ten minutes. The little details were all filled in at the end but otherwise the whole thing was about as surprising as an episode of Last of the Summer Wine.
That's not to say it was a bad film - in fact it features some of Scorsese's best work. The claustrophobic paranoia built very nicely throughout the film and the acting (especially from Sir Ben Kingsley) was first rate.
The editing and continuity, however, was a totally different story. Was the film put together by first time film students? The way some scenes haphazardly collided with each other was clumsy and shambolic, sometimes bordering on American soap opera bad. Sometimes even worse.
You just don't expect that kind of sloppiness in a Scorsese movie. His ardent defenders will no doubt try and justify it by saying the editing was given a deliberately disjointed feel to complement the nature of the film. I say bollocks. I can tell bad editing when I see it.
Overall, it was a decent film but I was left filled with an empty, seen-it-all-before feeling but I imagine the fault for that doesn't lie with Scorsese but with the author of the source material.
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