Shutter Island: Film Review


Martin Scorsese has once again worked his magic. Shutter Island has you on the edge of your seat from the start.

The film opens in the year 1954 with Leonardo DiCaprio and his partner Mark Ruffalo (US marshalls) as they arrive on a remote island to investigate the escape of a murderess from Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The gripping plot is supported by a graceful and mesmerizing Ben Kingsley and the maturity of Leonado DiCaprio shines through.

As the film develops, it forces you to measure human existence, morality, law and order against human existence. It can in parts be uncomfortable viewing to see the extent to which some people will go to to cause human suffering. Despite this, or indeed because of this; Shutter Island is unforgettable, a must see. The cinematography is staggering and draws you into the life of Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio)  and the evocative music takes you on the journey to discovering the truth behind the doors of Ashecliffe Hospital.

Shutter Island is a typical product of Scorcese’s magical imagination, yet can easily stand alone. I am astounded it was not nominated for the Oscars this year, the entire film from the plot, the actors, the cinematography and special effects to the music were absolutely mind-blowing. You will not regret seeing this film.

The question is: are you brave enough to enter the gates of Ashecliffe?

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