Sunday, April 25, 2010


Saturday, April 24, 2010


I really don't know why this movie was generally negatively received by movie critiques, I found the movie interesting.  

The plot starts with a plane crash. Very few of the passengers survive. Psychotherapist Claire ( Anne Hathaway ) is called upon to counsel the survivors, who are vulnerable to post traumatic stress, in a group setting. One of the survivors, Eric ( Patrick Wilson ) , refuses to participate in group therapy. He looks too cheerful for someone who has just been in a horrible plane crash, which is assumed to be suggestive of significant psychological disturbance. Clair visits him at his place and talks with him,trying to help. He denies her professional help but indicates that he likes her. In the mean time some of her group therapy participants stop showing up for therapy. Things get really spooky when Clair and the patients notice a stranger looking at them during the group sessions. Then certain things happen that make Clair and her patients wonder whether the plane crash was not caused by pilot error as believed but by a defect of the plane, and the airline company is trying to remove evidence. Thinking that knowing the truth would help her patients, Clair tries to find out what really happened. What she ultimately discovers is......................  

The end of the movie is totally unexpected and surprising. Hathaway does do the justice for her role, showing clearly the kind of difficulties faced by a psychotherapist, working with disturbed and uncooperative patients. She also has succeeded in showing that a psychologist is also a human being after all, vulnerable to all those emotions, stress, and so on. The way Patric plays the role of a post traumatic stress victim is nearly perfect. The excellent cinematography of this movie has given it an
air of mystery in a very fine manner.

I'll conclude this review by saying that Passengers is a movie with a very unique theme, a dramatically surprising end, very good acting, and excellent cinematography.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Shutter Island

When I read a review of this movie, I couldn't wait to see it. When I finally saw it, it turned out to be even better than mentioned in that review. Shutter Island is a psychological mystery-thriller with a very strong plot and probably the best acting performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The plot is set in 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) investigate about a patient being missing from Ashecliff Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island. As teddy stays in the Island attending his assignment his deceased wife visits him on a dream and tells him that the missing patient is actually still on the island, as well as the man who once set fire to Teddy's house, in which she died. Teddy himself suspects of some malpractice being conducted by the staff of the facility and pokes in to almost every corner, and odd things keep popping up. What finally reveals itself for him is..............

The end of the movie was so unexpected, and that's the best part. DiCaprio's acting in this movie is unbelievable, that good. The art direction is superb, the environment of the island has been created with a bone chilling air of mystery. Shutter Island is an all around great movie.

Directed by         Martin Scorsese
Produced by         Martin Scorsese
                                Bradley J. Fischer
                                Mike Medavoy
                                Arnold W. Messer
Written by                Laeta Kalogridis
                                Steven Knight (uncredited)
                                Dennis Lehane (Novel)
Starring                 Leonardo DiCaprio
                                Ben Kingsley
                                Mark Ruffalo
                                Michelle Williams
Music by                 Robbie Robertson (supervision)
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by                Thelma Schoonmaker
Studio                Phoenix Pictures
                               Appian Way Productions
                               Sikelia Productions
Distributed by        Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)       February 19, 2010
Running time       138 min.
Country               United States
Language                English
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