Shutter Island is a screen adaptation of the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The movie revolves around this hospital for criminally insane on an island in the Boston Harbor in the year 1954. Shutter Island is not about mystery but about solving the mystery. Once again Martin Scorsese proves that he cannot be predicted beyond an expectation. The movie combines some breathtaking technical work with memorable performances.
US Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) has been sent to a mental asylum on Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of an inmate who is believed to still be somewhere on the island. However, along with his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), he finds his investigation blocked at every turn by the doctors in charge of the facility chiefly Dr. John Cawley (Ben Kingsley). A hurricane hits, they uncover a sinister experiment, patients escape, and all hell breaks loose.
Teddy starts to suffer from flashbacks to the murder of his wife Dolores Chanal (Michelle Williams) and unsure of exactly who to trust. He had murdered his manic depressive wife after she had drowned their three children. All this had taken a toll on Teddy Daniels's life and he had been a mental patient at the hospital for two years. In a twist of life he turns an investigator and comes to investigate in the same mental asylum.
Shutter Island is a trademark Scorsese movie and seems very moody and enigmatic at times. Leonardo DiCaprio is at his magical best in the movie and carries through Scorsese's idea on his shoulder through perfection. At 138 minutes of runtime, Shutter Island is one of the most intriguing of the recent times. Martin Scorsese has added yet another film to his list of cinematic achievements. With Shutter Island.
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