‘Shutter Island’ keeps you guessing

By on March 3, 2010

If you want suspense, mystery and a twisted ending, then “Shutter Island” is the movie for you. “Shutter Island” is set during the 1950s post World War II and is filled with mysteries and creates the question of what is real and what is imaginary. Directed by Martin Scorsese, “Shutter Island” offers an experience that will leave you begging for more.

The film revolves around a mental hospital for the criminally insane on a rock that is impossible to leave. Once someone is on the island, the only way of getting off is to by taking ferry that only comes when summoned for. When a patient goes missing, U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) head to Shutter Island in hopes of finding the patient.

When entering the facility, the sergeant explains that these patients are the most harmful and sinister criminals. Throughout the island, they are broken into different sections: Ward A, which holds the males; Ward B, which holds the females; and lastly, Ward C, which holds the most dangerous patients on the entire island. Along with the holding sections, there is the lighthouse where the doctors allegedly practice unethical and harmful treatments on their patients.

As the movie progresses, we learn that Teddy isn’t only looking for the lost patient, but specifically requested this case because he is looking for the man who set fire to his apartment building killing his wife. Through the use of flashbacks, the pieces of Teddy Daniels’ life are compiled, leaving the audience feeling uneasy.

After a long search, it becomes apparent to Teddy that the man who murdered his wife must be in Ward C, the most dangerous place on the island. As the film progresses, an intense story develops where it becomes difficult to determine what is real, and what is imaginary. Even though the movie seemed to drag at times and seemed to lack a secure plot, the ending of the movie wrapped everything together.

Both DiCaprio and Ruffalo deliver great performances that captivated audience members. Michelle Williams also delivers a performance worth noting. Though difficult to follow at points, “Shutter Island” delivers a performance leaving everyone wanting more.

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  1. paul otero

    March 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

    awsome movie and great acting what makes a “movie” a hit.