A U.S. Marshal is sent to an asylum for the criminally insane
to investigate the disappearance of a murderess who escaped.
Shutter Island (2010)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Laeta Kalogridis
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley,
Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams,Emily Mortimer,
Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine
Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island is one of Martin Scorsese's best films. While not the usual gangster film he has become known for, this is a welcome change of pace for the acclaimed director. With an outstanding performance from DiCaprio and a thick atmosphere, Shutter Island sees Scorsese add a little bit of horror to his usual crime fair. This, once again, shows Martin Scorsese is a true master of his craft.
While not an overtly scary movie, Shutter Island sees a much more darker tone than the director is generally known for. With that comes a thick atmosphere, one that seems to get thicker as the film progresses. All of this works in the film's favor, as the characters are soon trapped on the island and proceedings seem to be taking a more sinister turn. Up for the challenge of all this is Leonardo DiCaprio. He plays U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who is trying to figure out what exactly is happening. He puts in another great performance, especially when the big twist is revealed at the end. Not to be outshines, both Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley turn in great performances as well. All three are a joy to watch as the mystery of the island begins to unravel. As mentioned earlier, there is a great twist at the end. One which adds a sense of tragedy and despair to the film and its main character.
For something that acts as a more horror/mystery, Scorsese really knocked it out of the park. Oozing with atmosphere and fantastic performances, Shutter Island is one of my favorite films of his. I hope this isn't the last time Scorsese and company decide to tip their toes in this genre, as they clearly know what they're doing.