Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of Shutter Island, a novel by Dennis LeHane.
It’s 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He’s been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn’t been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy’s shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals “escape” in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, and even his own sanity.
I thought this movie was pretty decent and Martin Scorsese did a pretty good job, at making this film. The only downfall with this movie was the storyline went too slow. It took an hour and a couple more minutes to start getting good. When the story explains everything, then it all makes sense. So, I understood on why they made the first hour drag by, but they could have added some good scenes, at least.
As for the actors, I thought everyone played their roles very well. Leonardo DiCaprio was good, at his role, like most of his character roles. Michelle Williams played her part good, as well. Though, she’s only used in flashbacks. Ben Kingsley or Sir Kingsley, which played Dr. Cawley, played his part well, too. Mark Ruffalo played his role as Chuck pretty decent, as well. Those were the only main characters, really.
The only thing I really wished they did, with this movie, was add a creepier feeling to the asylum. Other than that, the movie was worth watching.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, it’s definitely worth watching, at least once. I don’t think it was great enough for replay value, since you’ll already know the storyline, after watching it the first time.
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