Film Review: Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island is the eagerly anticipated Thriller Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo Di Caprio, who has seemingly become Scorsese’s modern day Robert De Niro over the past few years with this being the fourth collaboration between the two.

The film is set at Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally Insane on a remote and somewhat eerie island in 1954. Di Caprio plays a U.S Marshall by the name of Teddy Daniels who along with partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) ferry in to the Island to investigate the whereabouts of a woman who escaped from her cell.

As Teddy and Chuck probe further they begin to unearth more and more about the hospital and uncover potential corruption and deceit. There are attempts to throw the Marshalls off the scent by the suspicious psychiatrist Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley).

From Past collaborations between Scorsese and Di Caprio I’ve come to expect brilliance and Shutter Island did not disappoint. The film keeps you on your toes throughout, as I found myself thinking every step of the way trying to piece everything together and playing a guessing game as to what was going to happen in the end. Everything about this film had class, the musical score played into the movie unbelievably well with sharp piano keys somewhat reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Psycho. The way in which Shutter Island was shot with some disturbing visuals from Teddy Daniels past as well as some vivid dreams of his that play out phenomenally on a cinema screen.

Leonardo Di Caprio continues to astound with another top draw performance and he deserves credit for keeping us guessing until the very end. Mark Ruffalo does well in his supporting role and Ben Kingley puts in a stellar performance to portray a man with seemingly something to hide. Scorsese has once again made a movie for the ages.

Everything about this film was stunning and the ending is outstanding. My brain was on alert throughout and even after the film had finished I still found myself trying to put the puzzle together.

Shutter Island for me is a must see movie and is definitely worth 138 minutes of your time.




2 responses to “Film Review: Shutter Island (2010)

  1. I totallu agree this is a 5/5 film. The only frustrating thing is that I know people who switch off or don’t follow the plot will end up saying its terrible and that will be a travesty.

    Not matter who you are, you’ll never see the ending coming and even down the final line “would you rather live as a monster, or die a good man” just sums up what an iconic masterpiece we are witnessing.

    This is praise not to be taken lightly, it truely is an excellent film. Don’t bother trying to watch it tired, give it the respect and attention it deserves and you will not be dissapointed.



  2. Great review of a great film! I was definitely guessing right until the end. I thought one of the strongest elements was the score; hopefully an award winner in some way. Di Caprio was brilliant and I also thought the supporting acts of Kingsley and Ruffalo deserve a mention. I can imagine watching the film again would give an entirely different viewpoint.

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