Review: ‘Shutter Island’

Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo light up the screen in an exciting and intriguing story. “Shutter Island” is set in 1954 Massachusetts. Teddy Daniels (DeCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Ruffalo) are a pair of U.S. Marshals who travel to the secluded Shutter Island off the coast of Massachusetts to search for an escaped mental patient. Once on the island, they find that the hospital and prison staffs are not really cooperating with their investigation. It seems that the staff is hiding a big secret, and Teddy is going to uncover it.

As it turns out, Teddy has a slightly alternative motive for taking such an odd case. As you watch Shutter Island you get to know Teddy Daniels on a very personal level; you re-live his past with him and learn about all the things he’s had to overcome. But as time goes on, Teddy beings to question everything: the hospital, his partner, even his own sanity.

By the end of the film you are left thinking you have figured out the case along with Teddy. But alas, as director Martin Scorsese does, the most unexpected thing happens, and the entire movie is changed. This mind-blowing, intriguing story keeps the viewer interested the entire time. Scorsese keeps the viewers on their toes, guessing. “Shutter Island” is a morbid and slightly bloody thriller indeed, but there are moments of pure brilliance. From the acting to the directing to the set, “Shutter Island” is completely worth your $7.25 and 2 hours and 18 minutes. “Shutter Island” is not the work of a great artist, but it is the work of a master craftsman, one who knows how to move your heart even as he rattles your nerves.