The new thriller directed by legendary director Martin Scorsese is getting quite mixed reviews by critics. Thus i decided to watch it for myself to see what the fuss is all about.
The movie is a psychological thriller with top notch direction, special effects and superb acting by the whole cast. Fans of Scorsese's previous work would appreciate the direction of the movie as the "highly stylized violence" is present throughout the movie, along with intense suspense and drama. Most of the people who are giving negative comments about the movie are complaning about it not being scary or horror, well it wasn't supposed to be scary, it's a thriller not a horror movie there is a big difference, and I believe critics should know the difference.
The movie follows the story of two U.S Marshalls, who are sent to a remote island to investigate the escape of a murdress. The island hosts a mental institution for the criminally insane, where Leonardo dicaprio's character,(U.S Marshall Ted) detects many conspiracies and secrets during his investigation. Thus begins an exciting game where the viewer is taken through a psychological maze, where the Leonardo's character is trying very hard to blow the lid off this conspiracy and at the same time trying to fight his inner demons. Also he is looking for his wife's murderer who is supposed to be in that mental asylum.
All this mental assylum backdrop reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" released in 1945, another great psycological thriller. Although the two movies have totally different plots.
After that the movie keeps throwing twists at the viewer and keeps the viewer at the edge of his seat. Finally the movie ends with a big juicy twist in the plot leaving the viewer astonished, to think about it for next couple of hours. Thus I personally recommend the movie to anyone who likes good thriller moives, not the cheesy thrillers that we normally get to see these days.
By: Mussab Bin Aamir
Citrawarna – The Malaysian Festival of Colours
3 weeks ago