Friday, June 18, 2010
Shutter Island (2010)
It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.
Unfortunately for me I was able to figure out the plot very early on in the movie, which sort of ruined it for me. A few twists and turns in the storyline keep it interesting. Very good acting, the actors fit their characters well.
An excellent ending, the way it plays out to get there could be a bit confusing for some, but does play in to the fractured minds locked away on the island. I would give this one three and half stars. The 1950's feel gives the movie a film noir atmosphere. DiCaprio is intense, and this is the best role Sir Ben Kingsley has had in years. I thought of several comparisons to this movie, such as Angel Heart, Total Recall, and The Sixth Sense. Not exactly a classic, but entertaining, and the very end of the movie will give you something to both talk and think about.