Shutter Island Movie Review
Commercial movies can broadly be classified into two categories. First, the mediocre and not so well made ones which fades into oblivion without any effect. On the other side there are movies that are well made and in the end it remains in the memory of the viewers for some time. “Shutter Island” directed by Martin Scorsese and with playing the lead, is definitely worth the watch and it strongly belongs to the second category wherein the movie awes the viewer in terms of execution and brilliant acting.
The storyline of the movie is quite simple and to an extent repetitive also but the icing on the cake happens to be the screenplay which takes it to the next level. The story takes place in the year 1954 when two budding investigators Teddy Daniels (Leonardo Di Caprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) travel to Boston Harbor Island to investigate the escape of a mentally unstable patient from Boston’s Ashecliffe hospital.
During the course of investigation there are several startling facts that are discovered when Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) refuses to handover certain documents imperative to the case. Teddy then goes about investigating the case and finds out the truth behind the existence of the Shutter Island hospital.
Initially Teddy had worked himself into the case and when things start to fall in place the unexpected twist happens and that’s when Teddy doubts everyone around him including his partner. And in the end it boils down to him even doubting his own memory and sanity.
Though the story is not at all new the twists in the script is what makes this film click. The director has made sure that whatever ideas he had in his mind does not get reflected in any scenes before the climax. The climax however makes everyone sit and notice which is the strength of the director who has given quality films like “The Aviator”, “The Departed” and many more.
Leonardo Di Caprio is enjoying the presence of Martin Scorsese and as a pair they seem to have hit a purple patch where they end up giving scintillating performances film after film. The movie hits serious note towards the end which has provided the gripping finish to the film.
“Shutter Island” – Good piece of work by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Di Caprio.