Opened: February 19, 2010
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine, John Carroll Lynch, Elias Koteas, Ruby Jerins, Robin Bartlett & Christopher Denham
Shutter Island is thrilling from the start and features so many twists that you’ll continually be surprised.
U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are investigating a missing person case at the psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. At the same time, Teddy is also dealing with effects his wife Dolores’ (Michelle Williams) death is having on him.
Under Martin Scorsese’s direction, the film has a brilliant noir feel to it. The costumes and sets are straight out of the 1950s, and the performances feel like something you might see from an old detective film.
As always, DiCaprio fully embodies his character and takes the audience on an incredibly emotional and psychological journey. He’s complimented by the strengths of Ruffalo, Williams and Ben Kingsley, all of whom play into his character’s idiosyncrasies.
Final say: Spine-tingling. ★★★★☆