- Origin: 22/25
- Story: 20/25
- Camera/SFX: 22/25
- Performance: 24/25
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of Shutter Island, a novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River). The film opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane. They have been asked to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient admitted to the asylum after she murdered her three children. As Teddy quizzes Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), the head of the institution, he begins to suspect that the authorities in charge might not be giving him the whole truth, and that a terrible fate may befall all the patients in the spooky Ward C — a unit devoted to the most heinous of the hospital’s inmates. Complicating matters further, Teddy has a secret of his own — the arsonist who murdered his wife is incarcerated on Shutter Island. Driven to confront his wife’s killer, and stranded on the island because of a hurricane, Teddy must unravel the secrets of the eerie place before succumbing to his own madness. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley round out the supporting cast. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
- Rated: R (Adult language and violence)
- Genre: Action, Adventure and Drama
- Directed by: Martin Scorsese
- Written by: Laeta Kalogridis and Dennis Lehane
- Release date: 19th February, 2010 (Wide)
- Length: 138 minutes
- Studio: Paramount Studios
|Leonardo DiCaprio||Teddy Daniels|
|Mark Ruffalo||Chuck Aule|
|Ben Kingsley||Dr. Cawley|
|Max Von Sydow||Dr. Naehring|
The film was good at highlighting the possible experiments that could have gone on within a facility like this. You could clearly tell when it was and kind of where. I loved the look of the island and all the different oddball characters on the island. I don’t think it was perfect, but it did great.
A thrilling story that had a good mystery to solve. The narrative arc was strong and the twist at the end left me shocked. I’m glad they didn’t overcomplicate it with too many characters, but they had enough to make it interesting. This was a surprisingly good film and I would definitely recommend you to watch it, the film is thought provoking and has very good backstory. However, at some moments I felt it was clunky and maybe a bit slow to watch.
Dark and gloomy camera shots complimented the dodgy investigation that Teddy Daniels was doing. The slow pace didn’t make it slow, it just made it tense and great to watch. The CGI helped to map out what was going on inside Teddy Daniels head and allows to be more aware of what is going on.
A great cast, that made this place seem madder than it was. I loved all the different inmates, they weren’t over the top, but they still looked crazy or ill etc. The main characters had good presence, Leonardo did well to play a characters with two sides and Mark Ruffalo did well to play someone who was playing someone else. But the main star for me was Ben Kingsley, he was suspicious from the start and yet he would turn out to be the good guy, it was a fantastic performance.