Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shutter Island poster...

It's obvious that Paramount is trying to sell this as a pure 100% star-driven thriller. Which is funny because that's exactly the kind of thing that Paramount used to specialize in before they caught blockbuster fever. For years, they raked in the bucks with stuff like Double Jeopardy, Rules Of Engagement, Kiss the Girls, and Along Came a Spider. Of course, none of those were directed by Martin Scorsese. The trailer makes it look like B-movie pulp-fiction, and this poster certainly echoes that (alas, I think I've guessed at least one of the twists). Still, Dennis Lehane (Mystic River and Gone, Baby Gone) is batting 2/2 in the film adaptations department. The last Martin Scorsese picture that was sold purely as popcorn entertainment won him an Oscar.

Scott Mendelson

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