Shutter Island (2010) Movie Review

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Shutter Island (2010)

2010 | R | Thriller, Mystery
138 minutes / 2h 18min

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Shutter Island Plot Synopsis:

It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.

Shutter Island (2010) Review

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.

  • Shutter Island Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.39
  • IMDB: 8.1
  • MetaCritic: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8

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About Shutter Island 2010

Title: Shutter Island
Year: 2010
Runtime: 138 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.7/5 stars from 962,053 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 962,053
MPAA Rating: R
Shutter Island Cast Starring: Luke Burnyeat, Elias Koteas, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Ted Levine, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Ruffalo, John Franchi, John Carroll Lynch, Emily Mortimer, Franz Strassmann, Harrison Young, Leonardo DiCaprio, Patricia Clarkson, Keith Fluker, Michelle Williams, Americo Presciutti, Drew Beasley, Billy Silvia, Steve Witting, Joseph Sikora, Raymond Anthony Thomas, Mackenzie Hawe, J Parker Kent, Mark Hetherington, Tom Kemp, Joseph McKenna, Darryl Wooten, Jill Larson, Alex Milne
Shutter Island Writers: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island Director: Martin Scorsese
Box Office: $125,001,000
Production: Paramount Studios
Language: English, German
Country: USA