Shutter Island (2010)

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Shutter Island
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I’m still trying to work out whether I like Leonardo DiCaprio or not and also trying to work out the calibre of his acting abilities. With this in mind I had to watch Shutter Island. The trailers had me believe this would be some sort of a horror movie, but I was wrong, it’s a psychological suspense, and very good one at that.

Martin Scorsese brings you yet another psychological masterpiece, as we see him team up once again with Leonardo DiCaprio, with their previous collaborations reaping many awards. Let’s hope Shutter Island proves to be just as successful for them. US Marshalls Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) arrive at Shutter Island, which houses Ashecliff Hospital for the insane. They arrive to investigate the disappearance of one of its patients Rachel Solando. The disappearance itself is steeped in mystery as she escaped from a locked room, with no sign of her on the Island and rough seas make it impossible for her to get off the Island. Matters are made worse when staff, including head psychiatrist Dr John Cawley (Ben Kingsley), are less than co-operative. As the investigation into the disappearance deepens, we find that Teddy has his own demons to fight, and his own agenda for being on Shutter Island. As the movie delves deeper, Teddy is made to believe there is a Government conspiracy and that human experiments are occurring at Ashecliff Hospital, and that his role in this has all been a set-up, in which the end result is that he will never leave Shutter Island. Teddy’s constant dreams of his dead wife Dolores (Michelle Williams) and his flashbacks at a World War ll concentration camp, which are often skewed, lead to a dramatic and a surprising end to the movie.

I have to admit this is a very good film, where you could be left debating for hours with your friends about why this happened or why that happened. Will this get Martin Scorsese more awards? I think it may just do so.

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