182: Shutter Island

Shutter Island (R) - 2010 - Runtime: 138 minutes
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
Director: Martin Scorcese

Returning after his first Oscar win in 2007, Martin Scorcese tries to change up his normal routine of crime and gangsters with spooky islands and crazy people. When I first saw the trailer, I was so intrigued that I immediately went to the library to pick up the book by Dennis Lehane (the same guy who wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone). And while I felt the book was better (when is it not?), this movie stands up really well on its own.

Shutter Island is a facility for the criminally insane. And one of the patients has vanished "straight through the walls." DiCaprio and Ruffalo are two federal agents appointed to the case to try and find out where this patient has gone to. But all is not what it seems and they have to find out exactly what the island is hiding. The island is the perfect setting for Scorcese to work the mood and deliver some classic scares. This is by no means a scary movie, but there is a good amount of tension and suspense. DiCaprio is pretty good as the main cop, but Kingsley delivers the creeps as the doctor who is in charge of the island.

It's hard for me to decide whether the movie is too easy to follow and figure out the twist at the end or if Scorcese plays it cool. But I thought the atmosphere and the performances were all excellent. And the movie does not stray too far from the novel - it hits all the right beats that the book does. This one is worthy of checking out!

Rating: See It!

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