Posted on 3/19/10 08:45 AM
Set in 1954 detective Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are going to investigate a missing persons case in a mental hospital. That mental hospital is located on the rainy Shutter Island. As they start their investigation with members on the island they start to become suspicious as no one seems to talk about anything. The head of the island Dr. Crawley (Ben Kingsley) does nothing to try to help the two detectives with their case. Daniels starts seeing things, hallucinations, of little girls, his ex wife, and flashbacks to the war. Slowly the plot seems to unwind at a good pace. Eventually a hurricane hits letting out many more murderous patients, along with the doctors not giving Teddy Daniels the records he wants, is sent on a chase with multiple twists and turns to try to figure out what exactly is the mystery of Shutter Island. A lot of which I cannot talk to much about because their would be a lot of major spoilers. DiCaprio is always great when paired with director Martin Scorsese (latest The Departed) even with his broken down Boston accent. Even though DiCaprio is the star of the show I see such great things happening here with Mark Ruffalo. He is a terrific performer, as well as a great sidekick. He does well as the new guy on the case. The rest of the cast does very well and many of the performances are stellar. The story is quite good to a point, the explanation at the end is very satisfying and truly lets you know fully what all went on and how it was all possible. The very last part of the film with DiCaprio and Ruffalo on the steps is what truly brought the ending to life for me. Is this one of Scorsese's best? Not even close. There are many choppy scenes and the music is just down right horrible. The scenery was great but just sometimes it did not feel like it clicked with the story the whole way through. The flashbacks to the war were very controversial if you will, somewhat a little carried away. There were just some parts that did not fit well with the overall pace of the movie. Overall it was pretty good. This movie will sure stir up the mixed reviews pot but for me I will just say see it.