Shutter Island is set in 1955 and follows the story of U.S Marshall, Teddy Daniels. He is put on a case to locate a missing patient on Shutter Island, an institution for the criminally insane, with his new partner Chuck. The institution just never feels right; the staff are liars and refuse to let him look at the patient files. A storm hits and forces Teddy and Chuck to remain on the island for a little longer which gives Teddy time to question his own sanity.
Shutter Island is a terrifying film. The film itself isn't meant to be a scary film, it's not even a horror film, but it truly was terrifying. It's a new style for Martin Scorsese, which didn't stay long, and he has already mastered it. This film had my heart leaping out of my chest many times during the film. The film's creepy atmosphere, unsettling cuts back in time and dark lighting makes this film more horrific and disturbing then a fair few horror films that I've seen.
The film is absolutely unpredictable. I can't really give detail in this paragraph without spoiling the film, but I shall try to say as much as I can. The film is a thriller/mystery and throughout it all there are a lot of surprising twists and turns, most of which really blew me away. The final half an hour of the film really puts everything in place, but it does this in the most unexpected and unpredictable way possible that will leave you in a state of shock. As the film was going I tried to piece everything together and my guess of what was happening was the furthest it could be from the truth.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley are only a few of the stupendous cast members in the film. There has not been a single Scorsese film that I've seen that features more then one bad performance, done occasionally in some of his films by a very minor character. DiCaprio, Ruffalo and Kingsley are just three examples of terrific performances done in the film; there were a countless amount. Yet another film where DiCaprio has been snubbed from the Oscars.
Shutter Island is incredibly well written. I really wish to rewatch this film again soon because the film's screenplay is so clever and inventive. There are numerous moments in the film which the general audience member, myself included, believes that it means something completely to what it actually means. There are so many moments that seem like they make sense, but the final half an hour of the film just ridicules your original idea and plants a completely new one. These original events, trust me you won't know them when you see them, are actually foreshadowing what's to come.
To sum up Shutter Island is an intense, disturbing and horrific film that's more unsettling then a lot of recent horrors. The film is a new style for Scorsese that's unpredictable, insanely well written and features countless superb performances.