Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese (The Departed) once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond) in this spine-chilling thriller that critics say sizzles with so much suspense that it's hot to the touch. When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Teddy uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island he learns there are some places that never let you go.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this is one of those films that leaves you questioning the meaning of the ending and, like many films before it, unfortunately you might be left just not caring. The first half of the film draws you in to DiCaprio's past, how it is affecting him and what exactly is going on on Shutter Island - a mental institution. Gripped at this point I'm afraid the film goes rapidly down hill, asking the viewer to make too many leaps of faith. It's always enjoyable to see Ben Kingsley playing a baddy, so a shame to contemplate that he might in fact be the good guy! In conclusion, watch for interest and twists and turns but if won't have you losing any sleep.
A highly confusing plot which takes the best part of an hour to get into. The film its self didn't live up to the previews and yet again another film that DiCaprio cries in.
I saw this film in the cinema several months ago and found it a very engaging story. I will avoid an detailed description, as the synopsis describes this very aptly and extra details could spoil the plot. Shutter Island is a psychological drama that draws you in to trying to resolve the mystery of Rachel Solano's disappearance. At no point in the movie is the resolution obvious, and I was still asking questions as I left the cinema. It is similar, but by no means the same as, a brilliant film starring Russell Crowe, which I will not identfiy, as this again may give too much away.
Leonardo Di Caprio and Chuck Aule create very good characters as the investigating detectives and Ben Kingsley is outstanding as the evasive head of the Shutter Island institution.
The film reveals a disturbing twist at the end that is both profoundly shocking and sad, and leaves a lasting impression. A very good film from Martin Scorsese that is definately worth viewing.
Based on Dennis Lehane's novel, Shutter Island follows two US marshalls who are despatched to Ashcliffe Hospital; an institute for the criminally insane, which is located on a remote island. Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are charged with the task of investigating the disappearance of one Rachel Solano (Emily Mortimer) who vanished from her cell some 24 hours earlier. Solano - incarcerated for drowning her three children - left no clues as to her whereabouts, save for a cryptic message found by Daniels. Before long, our intrepid duo encounter solid opposition from the medical wing of the institute, as Dr John Cauley (Ben Kingsley) and Dr Jeremiah Naering (Max Von Sydow) refuse access to documents which may contain fragments of evidence. Add to this Daniels' grief-stricken past and the use of psychotropic drugs on already unhinged patients, and the scene is set for a debillitating excursion into a world haunted by the past and fuelled by the present terrifying locale.
If Shutter Island is really a B-Movie with A-list ingredients, it succeeds on both levels, working as a loving homage to '40s/'50s noir cinema, and as a glowing testament to the skills of an exceptional cast and crew.
Here, DiCaprio excells with what may just be his best performance to date, battling the ghosts of his part in a World War II liberation of Dachu alongside unbearable personal loss, whilst Kingsley and Von Sydow present a formidable barrier to exactly what is going on in their institute.
For Martin Scorsese, this is territory that suits his directorial skills down to the ground, full of Hitchcockian sensibilities and - fittingly - a love not just of noir-ish nightmares, but also of the inky black horror from a genre he greatly admires. Indeed, Shutter Island is often reminescent of Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and Brad Anderson's bone-chilling Session 9, with less out-and-out shcks than the former, but perhaps a greater sense of depth and purpose.
By combining a series of flashbacks, halucinations and real-time terror, Scorsese has fashioned perhaps his best film since that golden '70s period, and is even audacious enough to leave a liberal sprinkling of clues before our eyes and ears.
With a high replay value, Shutter Island will doubtless prompt many return trips, whether or not you believe the mystery has finally been solved.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese (The Departed) once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond) in this spine-chilling thriller that critics say "sizzles with so much suspense that it's hot to the touch." When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Teddy uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he learns there are some places that never let you go. Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams Directors: Martin Scorsese Language: English Subtitles: English Audio Description: English Number of discs: 1
Film adaptation of the psychological crime novel by Dennis Lehane, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley. Federal Marshals Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Ruffalo) are sent to Shutter Island, home to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. There, they must investigate the disappearance of multiple murderer Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), who appears to have simply vanished from the institution. It soon becomes apparent, however, that no one on the island is telling the truth, and as Daniels becomes more embroiled in the sinister goings on, he begins to question everything, even his own sanity...