Sunday, 20 September 2020
Shutter Island
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:25
Shutter IslandWith Shutter Island director Martin Scorsese pays tribute to film-noir, Alfred Hitchcock and his own muse, Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s no surprise that when these two work together, they generate box-office heat and Shutter Island is no exception.

This psychological thriller features, as usual, a great performance by DiCaprio. He’s actually starting to grow out of that baby face although he still looks a like a kid dressed in daddy’s clothes in a trench coat and fedora. He plays Teddy Daniels, a special agent whose mission is to locate a missing patient at a mental institute. Ashecliff is an institute for the criminally insane – where violent offenders are shipped to babble away their life sentence at the mercy of psychiatrists.

Ruffalo and DiCaprio in the trenches.Without giving away too much of the story, I’ll say that Daniels has reasons for wanting to investigate this case. He’s dealing with his own demons in the form of his departed wife Dolores (Michelle Williams) who haunts his dreams. Together, he and his partner (Mark Ruffalo) have to unravel the mystery of the missing patient and figure out exactly what is happening at Ashecliff, taking us along for the ride. Although I couldn’t predict every twist and turn in this mystery I did find myself piecing together some of the puzzle early on.

DiCaprio and WilliamsThe musical score was a bit heavy and distracting at times. In the scene where DiCaprio and Ruffalo first arrive on the island the music was so loud I thought the orchestra was going to burst through the screen and blast a horn in my face. Thankfully this improves throughout the film!

Shutter Island is not a perfect film, but it looks great visually and is definitely entertaining.



Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have previously collaborated on Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed.

Some of the filming took place in an old Massachusetts state mental hospital.