Shutter Island Review
Synopsis:In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Shutter Island (2010) is a 2h 18-min American mystery psychological thriller that was based on Dennis Lehane‘s novel, Shutter Island (2003). It had an estimated budget of $80 million and grossed over $294.8 million at the box office. Director and producer Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Goodfellas (1990), The Departed (2006)) amazed me once again with this spine-chilling rated R movie that was marvelous in almost every possible way. The camera work, darkness, drama, style of filmmaking, claustrophobic wide pan shots, plots, and twist all work excellently. Scorsese intertwined the facts and fiction so that we can feel a little of the insanity that Daniel feels as he meets different characters along the way.
US Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio - Inception (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Titanic (1997), The Departed (2006)) and his partner Chuck are assigned to investigate a case in Shutter Island. Daniels and Chuck (Mark Ruffalo - The Avengers (2012), Spotlight (2015), Now You See Me (2013)) took the ferry boat to Shutter Island. The duo is investigating the case of Rachel Solando, who is a missing patient at the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane because she was imprisoned for drowning her three children. They found a cryptic note in Rachel’s room. Daniels and Chuck cannot return to the mainlands for a few days because of a major storm.
Daniels is not pleased with his findings as there are suspicious behaviors and his suspicions grew after meeting head doctor Dr. Cawley, who told them that he uses a more humane approach to cure patients. Daniel realizes that there is a secret agenda, and it is based on old N*zi experimentation. We see Daniels trying to deal with his past as he tries to stay focused on his investigation/case and realizes that he is slowly losing his sanity. It was hard seeing Daniels losing his sanity and captivating at the same time as he joins him on his journey.
Shutter Island is one of those movies that you have to watch more than once because it may be too perplexing for the audience to enjoy it in one viewing. Some viewers will feel as though they are part of the movie as they try to solve the mystery along with the characters. I was thinking about Shutter Island for several hours after the movie finished, but nevertheless, the movie was a chilling piece of masterful work with its plot twists. There was a plot within a plot which gives the film a deeper feel. I was also treated to some magnificent sceneries with POV style as this tortured psychological progresses. You will either love it or hate but give it a try.
About Shutter Island (2010)
Original Title: Ashecliffe
Runtime: 138 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 27
Writers: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane
Director: Martin Scorsese