Shutter Island (2010)
Length: 137 minutes
Release Date: February 19th, 2010
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Full Cast
Official Website: Shutter Island
Based on the 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane ” Shutter Island ” depicts two main characters, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo). Together they arrive on Shutter Island to investigate an escape of a criminally insane patient Rachel Solando. Upon the island they are de-armed and introduced to building A, B, and C which house mentally unstable patients. As Teddy and Chuck enter the mental institution they are taken to Dr. Cawley’s (Ben Kingsley) office. Dr. Cawley elaborates on the psychiatric experimentation of lobotomies, while also explaining his philosophy on the human mind. (He believes in listening to patients instead of physically causing harm to the body.)
As Dr. Cawley enlightens them on Rachel’s past he hands a photo of her to Teddy. This causes Teddy to have a flashback and a migraine. After Teddy is treated with some aspirin, Dr. Cawley shows Teddy and Chuck around. On the tour Teddy stops to question patients and staff. Receiving no valuable information the investigators decide to take a break. Later that evening they meet Dr. Cawley with his superior Dr. Jeremiah Naehring (Max Von Sydow) for drinks. Teddy being a WWII veteran takes an immediate dislike to Dr. Naehring when he notices a faint German accent. Dr. Naehring suspects Teddy has served in the military due to his defensive behavior mechanisms. As they are bickering the film shows recollections of Teddy in WWII. Ending the argument Teddy breaks a glass and says he’s quitting the investigation.
From that point on, the rest of “Shutter Island” shows Teddy having hallucinations while he’s trying to escape the island. Teddy finds the real Rachel Solando in a cave by the ocean. She appears to be completely sane. She tells Teddy that the only way out is the ferry. Taking her advice Teddy climbs back to the top of the island. There he is stopped by deputy Warden who takes him back to the facility. Cleaning up Teddy takes a shower and sneaks back out. Deciding to take Chuck off the island with him, he searches high and low only to end up at the lighthouse. There he encounters a guard to which he knocks upside the head. Inside the lighthouse he finds the truth to the mystery of ” Shutter Island , ” which concludes this remarkable film.
This awesome action packed thrilling mystery has some subtle goofs that can go unrecognized to any first time viewer. When Teddy interviews a patient he tears a piece paper from his notebook. Later it’s seen as intact. Another goof is seen at the introduction. In a shot Teddy is wearing a wedding band and in the next scene he’s not. Ultimately, “Shutter Island” may have some goofs but it’s a top notch movie for 2010.
As directed by Martin Scorsese this film is one of his best. I would rank “Shutter Island” in the top ten of his all-time famous movies. If you have seen any of his previous films (“The Departed,” “Goodfellas,” or “Gangs of New York”) then you should expect brilliance. “Shutter Island” does not disappoint and will keep you on the edge of your seat. As New York Post exclaims it’s an “exquisitely crafted potboiler offering up 2 ¼ hours of thrills, chills, and Leonardo DiCaprio.”
“Shutter Island” is a film that is enjoyable to watch multiple times. Each time you observe the movie it gives you a different perspective. This film is so engaging with the music, actors, and scenes that it makes it seem as if it’s perfect. Roger Ebert tells how “Shutter Island starts working on us” before the film even starts. If one is a mystery enthusiast and loves to put pieces together then this is the film for you.
Bottom line: 4 out of 5 stars