By Luc Hinrichsen
Under all forms of art, cinema is the supreme discipline, simply because it’s the combination of all of them. A good movie offers a complex structure, a dense web of all layers working seamlessly with each other. In a sense, it reflects the functioning of the human psyche. Therefore, cinema is the ideal form to thematize psychological issues.
A core characteristic of cinematic storytelling is as such – ordinariness is boring. Unforeseen events and abnormalities are the origin of the audience’s interest. There are few genres that rest on this idea like the following one. In cinema history, one genre in particular stands out with its illustration of psychological perversions – the thriller.
10. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
Back in 2010, “Shutter Island” was one of the most talked-about movies of the year. Regarding the film’s prominent ensemble behind and in front of the camera with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, the movie’s huge media response didn’t surprise. But aside from this, the adaption of the eponymous 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane is a well-composed thriller with a lot of psychological depth.
In order to solve the ominous disappearance of one of the inmates, US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner arrive on Shutter Island, which houses a hospital for criminals with mental disorders. Through the narrative process, the psychological dysfunction of the island’s residents seems to have a noxious influence on Daniels. He has to face concealed regions of his mind and his past.
“Shutter Island” is a movie with a lot of symbolic details and metaphoric hints, making the movie much more than an one-view blockbuster. The narrative offers some decent but interesting parallels to David Fincher’s “Fight Club” (in fact, “Shutter Island” is a Fincher-narrative par excellence).
With several viewings, it’s interesting how the spectator is put
From:: Taste Of Cinema