Shutter Island

Posted: April 4, 2010 in Movies

Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese adapts the novel by Dennis Lehane. Lehane also wrote Mystic River. The story is about Federal Agent Teddy Daniels, played by Leonardo Dicaprio. Teddy investigates a mental institution for the criminally insane that rests on an island off the coast of Boston. An inmate has escaped and Daniels is sent in to find her. Meanwhile a major storm hits the island complicating matters.

Daniels is a World War Two veteran, and we see flashbacks of him liberating a concentration camp. We’ve all seen the holocaust on the silver screen but under Scorsese’s direction it still jarring to witness.

As the investigation progresses Daniels is weary of who he trusts, and the tale gets more intriguing with notions of ex Nazis, secret government funding, and other mysteries. Scorsese show’s us why he’s such a master director, as he’s created a great atmosphere were the suspense and mystery remains throughout. Everyone in the cast is great. Max Von Sydow plays the head doctor, Ben Kingsley is another Dr, and John Caroll Lynch of Grand Torino fame plays one of the Deputes.

The only minor nit-picky thing is the beginning scene has this really really loud blaring music that I guess is suppose to be foreboding but just seemed odd.

There’s a twist at the end which you can guess if you really think about it but upon it’s revelation I felt let down, instead of having that feeling of “Aha!” I suppose it was to stay faithful to the novel but I’d have found it more interesting to play it off a different way. Of course it could just be my bias as the plot contains elements of particular interest to me.

Still it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. 9/10.

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