Shutter Island

4/5
Shutter Island is the name of well an island that harbors patients/criminals who have been declared mentally unstable (insane). Two US Marshall’s have been called in (Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Not everything is what it seems, and there is something awfully strange going on. I can’t really divulge anything else, as I really would hate to spoil this fantastic film for anyone.
I do love me some Martin Scorsese and I was really looking forward to check this out, looked as if he had gone back to his Cape Fear roots. I certainly was not disappointed, Shutter Island sucked me in right from the start and it didn’t let me go until the end credits rolled and I was left thinking “just whoa”. I love it when a film has that affect on me, and Scorsese’s last film while completely different certainly had that same affect on me (The Departed). The team of Scorsese and DiCaprio is such a good one (like that of him with DeNiro many years ago), and in the presence of this great director DiCaprio really shines. He has a very complex character to play, which is revealed more and more as the film goes on. He dives in head first and slowly reveals this all to us the audience and there is one scene in particular towards the end which I wont talk about was extremely powerful and possible one of the best scenes he has acted in.
The pairing of DiCaprio and Ruffalo is actually a rather smart move, these two have this natural chemistry and bond which made their partnership really work. Ruffalo is a strong actor, I always enjoy him, he was fantastic here and I liked him a lot. Good casting choice there and another piece of good casting is that of Sir Ben Kingsley as Dr. Cawley, and Max von Sydow as Dr. Naehring. You really are left thinking are these two honest, or are they dodgey, are they evil or just misunderstood? This film really does mess with you, and these two actors played to that perfectly, just awesome. Some great supporting performances which I wont tell you who they played but just who they are with Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Elias Koteas (At first glimpse he looked like DeNiro) and Jackie Earle Haley.
The scenary in this film is fantastic as well, it really captures the mood and the time it is set. The ‘hospital’ looked genuinely creepy and it did give me the chills at times. I certainly wouldn’t want to have gone there, I probably wouldn’t have even wanted to have hidden in the woods either which were equally as creepy. The cinematography was just genius, it is a great looking film and as I said just before it captures the time and mood so well. I haven’t read the book this was based upon but from what I have heard it does a fantastic job of translating the setting. Might be one to track down and read.
This is a film which is not what it seems, and the clues are actually all there and if you are a good detective you will know what really is going on, but you can easily enjoy this just sitting back for the ride. The script is a strong one, it relies heavily on dialogue as Scorsese films do, and it is great stuff. Delivered perfectly and convincingly by its great cast. I was impressed with this film, and I really want to see it again. I honestly can’t wait to pick this up on DVD so I can watch it again and again. For me this has a good re-watch value, and another fantastic addition to the filmography of Scorsese. He can do different genre’s and this is one he does well and I really hope he goes there again.

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