February 22, 2010
From the chilling, intense suspense that lingers throughout Martin Scorsese's newest film, Shutter Island, to the gorgeous cinematography and passion-filled acting, everything about the movie works.
I knew the movie would be good. But I didn't realize that it was going to be as powerful and affecting as it was. For a good hour after leaving this movie, I had to hang out by myself and relax, so worked up over the culmination of the movie. It's the kind of movie that engages its audience from the first five minutes and keeps you hooked until the very end.
For those who don't know about the plot, the film follows U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner (Mark Ruffalo) as they go to investigate the disappearance of a mental institution patient and murderer. The whole situation is off, though, from the very beginning, something seems not quite right about the facility. Police stand around with guns as Daniels and his partner get off the ferry to go to the island. The director of the facility, played by the versatile Ben Kingsley, has an aura to him that seems to reject the authority of the marshals.
Things quickly get interesting at the institution, though. Between a horrific storm that uproots trees and the increasingly odd situation at the island, the film pulls its viewers in and doesn't let them go.
The whole film leaves its audience in awe. Scorsese's thriller/crime story can only be described as affecting--it has to inspire some intense feeling in its audience. And in every way, it is powerful. Worth a view is almost an understatement here.