In review: Shutter Island

Story by Nick Gourdoux

Posted at 9:00 p.m. 3/12/10

Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest directors of the last 40 years, and his latest film “Shutter Island” doesn’t disappoint. Scorsese and his new favorite actor Leonardo DiCaprio team up once again to bring to life the story of a 1950s Boston-area mental hospital.

Through watching the trailers, viewers do not know what kind of movie to expect. Is it a horror movie? Is it a thriller or suspense? Perhaps it’s a mystery movie? As the movie progresses, that sense of not knowing what is coming next or what to expect persists.

U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are enlisted to help the investigation of a disappeared murderess who escaped from Ashecliffe Hospital – a mental hospital located on Boston’s Shutter Island. Daniels’ investigation techniques are constantly interfered with by the hospital’s upper echelon, but when a storm cuts off communication with the main land and more criminals escape, Daniels stumbles upon more and more clues that begin to make him question his memory, his partner and his sanity.

Daniels’ involvement in the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp and his tortured past come to life through marvelous dream sequences and hallucinations. Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” brings to life a story that had a somewhat-predictable plot twist, yet proves to be nonetheless entertaining.