Posted on 8/06/11 05:02 PM
I've never read the book, but I think I will after watching this movie. I was interested in seeing this after seeing that Leonardo Dicaprio was starring and Martin Scorcese was directing. After seeing this, I was not dissapointed at all. I mean come on! Martin Scorcese directed this! How bad could it be?
In 1954, U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), go to the Ashecliff Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island. They are investigating the disappearance of Rachel Solando, a patient said to have vanished from a locked room. As the movie progresses, Daniels becomes suspicious of the island's secrets and the viewer becomes more aware of Daniels' troubled past.
This movie is simply amazing, it blew me away completely. The atmosphere on the island is simply terrifying with epic music added on. I've heard from other reviews that the ending was predictable. I, however, never saw it coming. The plot is carefully constructed, with twists coming just at the right time. The acting is stellar, Dicaprio is, of course, completely convincing. Ben Kingsley is mysterious and just plain creepy, and Ruffalo adds on with a strong performance as well. Scorcese handles the simple theme with flair, he still remains as my favorite director. I think that Shutter Island may not be able to be placed next to Scorcese's other masterpieces i.e. The Departed, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, but it's an excellent film to say the least.