Tuesday, 3 August 2010

This Week's DVD/Blu-ray Choice, 3rd August

This week's chosen flick is no other than Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.

Set in 1954, Scorsese's latest flick focuses on U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his investigation surrounding the disappearance of a potentially dangerous inmate held at a secluded hospital for the criminally insane. Accompanied by his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), the pair can't help but feel something is odd upon Shutter Island. Twists and turns galore in this mind-bending psychological thriller, with an almost perfect build-up to a so-so ending. A fantastically unnerving score fits perfectly with the island's distinctly creepy setting, with top notch performances by DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley proving worthwhile alone. A Blu-ray purchase is recommended, purely to make the most out of the score on a surround sound system.

Honourable Mentions:

Jim Carrey's partially-serious turn in I Love You, Philip Morris was one of my surprise favourites of the year, in a more-than-average love story with fellow inmate Ewan McGregor proving refreshing from the rest of the year's romantic comedies. The story follows Steven Russell, a man whose life revolving around cons and fraud leads him to multiple prison sentences where he meets Philip Morris, with a romance blossoming almost instantly. The true story is baffling enough, so to have Jim Carrey play such a hilariously surprising role is just brilliant. Although, some may find certain scenes uncomfortable -- the dozen people fleeing from my cinema screen proved said theory.

Dishonourable Mentions:

Jackie Chan's latest 'comedy' fodder, The Spy Next Door, is also released this week, proving that Vin Diesel's The Pacifier wasn't enough to piss viewers off with it's drastically unfunny one-liners and sickly tedious storyline. Cue dozens of fart jokes and Chan's all-too-familiar need to pull tacky faces for cheap laughs.

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