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A former professional golfer turned motivational speaker seems to have it all. After being attacked near her home she retreats to her country estate on Shelter Island with her live in girlfriend. A severe storm hits the island taking out the phone and electricity, add a mysterious stranger and a creepy sheriff and you have the set up for a thriller where all and who are not what they seem.Written by
At the beginning of the movie, a severe night time thunderstorm hits the island where the two main characters are vacationing. However, the next day there are no signs that the storm occurred. The grass and trees are dry and the roads are dusty. See more »
Other reviews on IMDb give an accurate enough summary of the plot. But they seem to have been expecting something like The Usual Suspects. Direct-to-video movies are usually inferior, with respect to production values and acting, than theatrical releases (poor as the latter generally are). So we shift into different critical gear when we watch a non-theatrical release. And by these standards, Shelter Island is not bad at all.
The movie is by no means a "lesbian skin flick," and the scenes of (partial) nudity are few and brief in duration. The story line is entirely coherent, and the twists -some maybe predictable, some not- are quite entertaining. The acting is far above average for the kind of film we are talking about. Ally Sheedy puts more into her character than the writing would suggest, and in fact all the actors acquit themselves more than competently.
Shelter Island moves along at a brisk pace, is snappily photographed and offers a few fun twists. This is what you'd call "a good popcorn movie." The movie gets 8 out of 10.
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