Shutter Island

Some places never let you go
Some places never let you go
D: Martin Scorsese
Paramount/Phoenix/Sikella (Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Bradley J. Fischer & Martin Scorsese)
US 2010
132 mins


W: Laeta Kalogridis [based on the novel by Dennis Lehane]
DP: Robert Richardson
Ed: Thelma Schoonmaker
PD: Dante Ferretti
Cos: Sandy Powell

Leonardo DiCaprio (Teddy Daniels), Mark Ruffalo (Chuck Aule), Ben Kingsley (Dr. John Cawley), Michelle Williams (Dolores Chanal), Emily Mortimer (Rachel Solando), Patricia Clarkson (Dr. Solando), Max Von Sydow (Dr. Jeremiah Naering)

Shutter Island is a film which is best enjoyed if you know as little about it as possible, so if you've yet to watch, discontinue reading this review.
Based on Dennis Lehane's novel, the story presents a complex, dark mystery which deals with insanity and dual personalities on a remote island populated only by an asylum, it's staff and patients.
Leonardo di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo's government agents also become guests of the island, investigating a missing persons case which becomes increasingly labyrinthine, culminating in a final twist which was out of the top drawer of sleight-of-hand movie magic.
Martin Scorsese can simply do no wrong, the direction is of his usual high standard, building atmosphere and tension towards it's thrilling denouement in a way only a true master of moviemaking can provide. The cast are also fantastic, not just DiCaprio & Ruffalo, but also Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Ted Levine and Max Von Sydow.
One of the year's best.
Shutter Island
Shutter Island