When I saw Shutter Island on the list of movies playing at my local theater I had forgotten the name, but not the previews for the movie. My boyfriend was pulling for Wolfman, but in the end he decided that I was right and we should see Shutter Island instead. Who doesn’t love a good psychological thriller movie every now and then?
This movie takes place in 1954 at Ashcliffe Hospital on isolated Shutter Island off of Boston’s harbor. There is only one way on or off the island which is a ferry controlled by the hospital, most of the island is dangerous cliffs and there are miles of ocean till the nearest piece of land. Ashcliffe is a mental institute for violent criminals, almost all of whom are there for murder. Teddy Daniels (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a US Marshal who has come to the island along with his new partner Chuck Aule (played by Mark Ruffalo) to investigate the disappearance of a female patient who seemed to “vanish through the walls”. Teddy has specifically requested this case because the man who started the apartment fire that killed Teddy’s wife Dolores (played by Michelle Williams) is supposed to be serving time there. In the search for his wife’s killer, Teddy has also found a little more history about the island and believes that the doctors are doing mind control experiments on the hospital’s patients.
Once on the island, Teddy begins to have flashbacks of his service in World War II. His wife, the missing female patient, his wife’s killer, and a dead little girl try to communicate with him every time he falls asleep pushing him to further investigate what is really happening on Shutter Island.
The cast of Shutter Island was unbelievable; I liked every character and the actors chosen to portray them. I was pulled in and paying attention throughout the entire movie and it wasn’t until I left the theater that I realized the movie had been over two hours long. I loved the story so much that I am planning on picking up the book to see the similarities and differences and hopefully get a better explanation by what the “rule of four” that is mentioned on a mysterious note in the movie actually means. At the end of the movie my boyfriend let out a huge sigh and said “We should have gone to Wolfman instead.” He hated the ending, I didn’t think that the ending was bad at all; I just thought that it was tragic and a little depressing. It definitely made me want to see the movie again to see how I could have possibly overlooked the clues from the very beginning.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis adapted screenplay from the novel by Dennis Lehane
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Release Date: February 19, 2010
Staring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer
Runtime: 138 minutes
Now available on DVD from Amazon.com for $18.99.