I have some simple move-watching guidelines, and one is if it stars DiCaprio, it’s probably going to be good. And Shutter Island is good. Damn good.
This mind-bending, poignant, and disturbing story takes you to an asylum for the criminally insane on a hardscrabble island off the coast of Boston, where US Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) arrives to investigate the disappearance of a female prisoner, who is assumed to have escaped. What starts as a routine investigation, Something else is happening on Shutter Island though
As you’d expect from Scorcese, the cinematography and tenor of the movie is outstanding, and as you’d expect from actors like DiCaprio, Kingsley, and Ruffalo, the performances are on point, but what really makes this movie stand out is the plot, which centers around Daniels’psychological journey, and which turns the screws tighter and tighter and keeps you second-guessing, back and forth, your conclusions about his sanity or lack thereof.
Shutter Island starts as a mystery/police procedural but get ready for a ride, because by the end, it’s a full-blown psychological drama-cum-horror-movie reminiscent of The Sixth Sense and A Beautiful Mind. And like those movies, the end is one that re-frames everything you just saw and lingers with you, raising as many questions as it answers.