Shutter Island

  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Martin Scorsese, Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer
  • Writers: Novel, Dennis Lehane, Screenplay, Laeta Kalogridis, Steven Knight
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Jackie Earle Haley, Max von Sydow

In 1954, two U.S. marshals Teddy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a patient, Rachel, from a hospital for the criminally insane on an island in Massachusetts. They run into trouble when they read a note Rachel left (‘Who is 67’) and realize that there is another, unknown, prisoner on the island. However, they are deceived multiple times by everyone else on the island, a hurricane hits and an inmate riot traps them on the island. Soon, a cryptic warning tells them that there is no escape.[1]

Alexander

  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Moritz Borman, Jon Kilik, Iain Smith
  • Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle, Laeta Kalogridis
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, Anthony Hopkins

The film is based on the biography of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King who conquered Asia Minor, Persia and Ancient India. Shown in the movie are some of the key moments of Alexander’s youth, his invasion of the mighty Persian Empire and his death. It also outlines his early life, including his difficult relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedonia (Val Kilmer), the unification of the Greek city-states under the League of Corinth[3] and the conquest of the Persian Empire in 331 BC. It also details his plans to reform his empire and the attempts he made to reach the end of the world.

The storyline begins in 356 BC with Ptolemy I Soter (Anthony Hopkins), who narrates throughout the film. With a lavish budget, the film depicts Alexander’s daily life and the strained relationship between his parents. Alexander grows up with his mother Olympias (Angelina Jolie) and his tutor Aristotle, where he finds interest in love, honour, music, exploration, poetry and military combat. His relationship with his father is destroyed when Philip marries Attalus’s niece, Eurydice.

After Philip is assassinated, Alexander becomes king of Macedonia and the rest of Greece. Having briefly mentioned his punitive razing of Thebes and burning of Persepolis, Ptolemy gives an overview of Alexander’s west-Persian campaign, including his declaration as the son of Zeus by the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis, his great battle against the Persian Emperor Darius III in the Battle of Gaugamela and his eight-year campaign at Hydaspes against Porus in India.

The film also focuses intensively on the close and warped relationship that Alexander shared with his mother Olympias, even though he never saw her after embarking on his long campaigns.