Shutter Island review

  • Breaking
  • 20/02/2010

Reviewed by Kate Rodger

With a long-awaited much-deserved Oscar under his arm for The Departed, director Martin Scorsese gets all spooky on us now, with Shutter Island.

It’s 1954 Cold War America. Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic / The Departed) is Teddy Daniels, a duly-appointed federal marshal sent to Shutter Island, home to an asylum for the criminally insane and packed to the gunnels with complete nut-jobs.

He has a missing patient to find, a mystery to unravel, a bad headache, and to add insult to injury, the weather's not looking too good either.

After watching the creepy scary trailer for this, I went in expecting a spooky horror. What I got, was a psychological thriller that I really needed to keep my wits about me to stay on top of. And I mean that in a good way.

The film has been adapted from the Dennis Lehane (Mystic River / Gone Baby Gone) book of the same name, and I’m glad I hadn’t read it beforehand. This is a wicked web to weave, and the cut and thrust of the twists and turns are far more fun when you don’t know who or what is around the corner.

The gleeful paranoia Scorsese immerses us in is contagious, spreading from scene to scene, as we endeavour to pick fact from fiction, and truth from delusion.

DiCaprio’s offsider is Chuck Aule, played with understated flare by Mark Ruffalo (You can Count on Me / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and he’s just one of an excellent supporting cast. Ben Kingsley (Gandhi / Sexy Beast), Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent / Pieces of April) and Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children / Watchmen) are all stand-outs.

Scorsese brings a distinctive if derivative film noir feel to the overall look and tone of Shutter Island, and while the heavy music and a few of his more indulgent flights of fancy grated a little, it all added to the rich tapestry.

Not his best work nor his most original, but this is still a classy watch.

Four stars.

    Shutter Island
:: Director: Martin Scorsese
:: Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley, Patricia Clarkson
:: Running Time: 139 mins
:: Rating:  R16 - Violence, Offensive Language & Content That May Disturb
:: Release Date: February 18, 2010
:: Trailer: Click here

source: newshub archive


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