The movie takes place in 1954 on Shutter Island, which is as eerie as it sounds; it’s an island that cannot easily be traveled to and out of. The only way anyone can travel to or leave Shutter Island is through the police. That factor alone makes the audience hoping that the characters will be able to escape this creepy dangerous island on their own.
The film starts out with Leonardo Dicaprio as Teddy Daniels a US Marshall from Boston investigating the disappearance of a patient at a hospital for the criminally insane. The patient supposedly was able to leave a highly secured hospital with bars on her window and guards securing the floor of her room. Teddy and his partner Chuck (played by Mark Ruffalo) are trying desperately to solve this patient’s disappearance. They meet and interview with the hospital staff and Dr. Cawley, the head doctor at the hospital, played by Ben Kingsley. They also travel on their own throughout the three wards of the hospital on Shutter Island to try and find the missing patient and for Teddy to finish some unfinished business of his own. But of course things take a turn for the worse and it leads into something even bigger than the case they started out with.
Leonardo Dicaprio, the star of Shutter Island, is insanely brilliant, no pun intended. He is intense, anguished and determined to get to the bottom of this case. His actions and reactions throughout the movie are unbelievably real. The supporting cast was superior as well. Mark Ruffalo gives a fine performance throughout the film. Ruffalo is likeable and calm to Dicaprio’s strong torment. It’s a unique but talented pairing. Dr. Cawley played by Ben Kingsley is also wonderfully portrayed.
Shutter Island is Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorses’s fourth film together and unlike any of their other movies. The other three movies they have completed together are “Gangs of New York”, “The Aviator”, and “The Departed.” Shutter Island is a must see and highly recommended for people who enjoy thrillers, mystery and adventure.