Shutter Island is the newest movie by Martin Scorsese, based on the book by Dennis Lehane and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley.
US Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are called to Shutter Island, a mental institution to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young woman (Emily Mortimer). As soon as they reach the island, a storm hits and they are prevented from leaving. Haunted by his own ghosts from the past, Teddy soon discovers that things are not what they seem on Shutter Island.
While the story is mostly good and Scorsese delivers fine work, the movie hinges on Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance. And boy, does he ever deliver… It was terrific to watch.
I’m not going to pretend that I was surprised by the movie. In fact, I saw the trailer and knew the plot twist that was coming; my suspicion got only further cemented as the movie progressed because had it been any other way, it would have been a really bad movie…
But it wasn’t a bad movie, not at all. Despite my being not surprised by the ending, I was completely caught up in the movie. Scorsese is a master in creating tension and that makes me enjoy movies I’d otherwise probably wouldn’t even watch. [Like this one. Or The Departed. Or Gangs of New York.]
And I loved the imagery of Teddy’s dreams… looked absofuckinglutely wonderful. [Some of which can be seen in the trailer, the scenes with Michelle Williams.]
But as I said above, the centre, heart and soul of this film are Leonardo DiCaprio and his performance. The cast was cleverly chosen to be a good backdrop for him, while the actors were still able to hold their own against him. [Especially Jackie Earle Haley comes close to be a total scene stealer. Again.]
Summarising: totally worth to see the movie, if for no other reason than to see Leo. [But there are other reasons as well. Trust me.]