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'Shutter Island' puzzles, excites, entertains
Ryan Larsen
Antelope Staff

Martin Scorsese, a legend in American filmmaking, delivers a twisting, exciting thriller in his latest film, “Shutter Island.”  

Scorsese takes us on a journey to Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, located off the shore of Boston Harbor on a remote island. It’s 1954, and U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient. When he finds out he’s being deceived by the hospital’s chief administrator Dr. John Cawley (Ben Kingsley), Daniels finds the determination to uncover the dark mysteries of the island.

Along the way hallucinations, haunting dreams and a hurricane hinder the investigation. Those hindrances, as well as the threat of human experimentation and Nazi influence, cause Daniels himself to drive toward the edge of insanity.

Scorsese and his team hit the mark in capturing the audience in suspense and not letting go. The chilling mood of the film, from the music to the cinematography, demands attention. Strong performances are also a driving force behind the film.  DiCaprio is solid in what could be his most complex role yet.  Ruffalo, Kingsley, Jackie Earle Haley as Noyce and Patricia Clarkson as the second Rachel all have standout roles in the supporting cast.  

The film is a psychological mindbender that will keep you pondering until the climactic finale. Just don’t expect your head to stop spinning. The plot has many twists and turns, and some may feel a second viewing is necessary in order to piece it together.  

Ultimately, “Shutter Island” provides an entertaining and thrilling experience. It serves as Scorsese’s grand return to the suspense genre, and a great follow-up to his Oscar-winning crime drama, “The Departed.” While some may see the plot as too fast or complex, the performances and atmosphere of the film are what make it a must-see.

Reported Travis Robinson

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