TF Film Review: Shutter Island

When Leonardo DiCaprio burst onto the scene big-time after Titanic I wasn’t taken in by all the hype around him. That may be because I am a straight hetrosexual man! However, thirteen years on and I have grown to be quite a fan of his acting with special recognition going to his roles portrayed in ‘Blood Diamond’‘The Beach’‘Catch Me If You Can’‘The Departed’ and most of his other non-wussy films.
His latest movie was released in Japan yesterday (no doubt it was released in Britain and the U.S a while ago as is always the case with films over this way) and I went along to my nearby cinema to see it.
At 138 minutes ‘Shutter Island’ is inevitably a bit too long for my liking (and for my comfort) but I have to say that I certainly wasn’t waiting for it to end. It’s difficult to say too much about what happens without giving any spoilers so I’ll just say that the plot was far heavier than I expected. In fact it was almost a horror film as much as it was a thriller or crime story. What I thought I was watching turned out to be something very different by the end thanks to the flashbacks and plot twists within the picture. Now I know the outcome I’d like to go back through it but that will have to wait till its available to rent.
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Phuket Filming Locations : The Beach (2000)

This Danny Boyle directed adaptation of the classic Alex Garland novel starts off with Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) looking at the giant Buddha which you may think is the famous reclining one at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. However, it was made of polystyrene and was actually filmed in Krabi
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Once I’d met up with Ethan in Bangkok Airport we flew to Phuket late at night and checked into ‘On On’ Hotel at 19 Thanon Phang Nga which played the part of the rundown Khao San Road guesthouse. An absolutely huge room at a ridiculously low price (less than £3) which provided us with enough reference points to keep any ‘anorak’ happy.
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The scene where they jump off the waterfall is the Haeo Suwat Falls in the Khao Yai National Park which is north of Bangkok. Regular buses from Bangkok can take anywhere between 3-4 hours, and you can catch them from the northern Bangkok station.
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The next day we went on a boat tour with the most famous location being Maya Bay which was used as the secret beach. Whereas Leonardo and co had it all to themselves we had to share it with thousands of other day-trippers and a fleet of boats docked in the bay. As beautiful as it was, time there was too short for us to really savour the moment. Below are a mix of screenshot grabs and my photos.
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