Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
I eventually got to the cinema last night to see Shutter Island, a film I saw the trailer for the first time about 9 months ago. Before they pushed back the release date and I have been extremely curious since then to what exactly this film was going to be about. The trailer is one of those that really makes you want to see the film as you want to know what exactly Shutter Island is and what exactly happened.
The film begins with US Marshall Teddy Daniels meeting his new partner Chuck for the first time on a ferry heading into Shutter Island. A bit of a mystery place which is home to the criminally insane, but what exactly goes on in Shutter Island? and how long will it take us to find out?
This is a type of film which is a total nightmare to review as different events which occur are key points in the plot and total spoilers so I cannot really state much of what actually happened in the film. I don’t want to spoil it. But it really does all come together in the end and while you may guess parts of it, I think it would be pretty impossible to guess the whole outcome.
However, when you think back to some of the clues it all makes sense and you really wonder how you miss those clues in relation to the ending. But it gives you so many thinking points it actually confuses you so much. I felt like that all the way through coming up with different theories and possibilities. It’s quite good being able to do that with a film and get totally lost in the plot because your trying to figure it all out.
Performance wise Leonardo DiCaprio continues to show us that he really is a brilliant actor and takes you on a journey with his character really feeling for him throughout. Mark Ruffalo was solid as his partner and they worked well in some rather amusing exchanges. Ben Kingsley was brilliantly creepy and your not sure how his character is going to go, but surely doing what he does best.
I couldn’t help but think of Cape Fear at times with this being a Scorsese film too. The music added into the film really did make it that extra bit creepy and have you on the edge of your seat not sure if something that was about to happen was going to make you jump!
I would recommend this film as it really was a good cinematic experience, plus the more people you know who have seen it the more chance you have to talk about it! As it is difficult to tell people about it if they have not seen it . . . you don’t want to spoil it for them.