latest movie Shutter Island is a very interesting film and itís
one of those films which boast a very large secret. Originally I saw
this film at the cinemas and needless to say, it did leave me quite
impressed, although I saw the ending coming towards me like a freight
train. Not only is Shutter Island cleverly written but it
contains a great cast that is led by Leonardo DiCaprio who plays U.S.
marshal Teddy Daniels. The story is also based on the novel by Dennis
Lehane which Scorsese truly embraces and creates a grim noir crime
mystery with a healthy dose of psychological madness.
Set in 1954,
Daniels has been assigned with his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) to
investigate the disappearance of a patient Ashecliff Sanatorium from a
mental institution for the criminal insane. We also learn that this
patient Rachel Salando murdered her own three children, hence her
institutionalisation but somehow has she mysteriously vanished from her
secured room with no witnesses on this remote island. The island is
situated off the coast of Massachusetts which is an unescapable fortress
which uses (apparently) some questionable techniques with mental health.
very first steps on Shutter Island, Daniels gut instincts as an
investigator sets off alarm bells due to the odd behaviour of the staff
and some of the residents of this mental hospital. To make matters
worse, Daniels believes that the institution is hiding more information
about the disappearance of their patient and that there are more
patients than they are led to believe. Upon further
investigation, Daniels theorises that psychiatrist Dr. John Cawley (Ben
Kingsley, Species) is behind the disappearance of Rachel and he may have
links to Nazi collaborators. This is where the catalyst begins and
during a violent storm, Daniels is given some medication by the staff of
Shutter Island and from here, an entire collection of reprised memories
are unleashed which makes him question his own sanity.
spoiling the movie, Shutter Island is truly an impressive
journey into the psyche of man which creates a true psychological roller
coaster ride. DiCaprio is brilliant as Daniels, a man torn between
reality and fiction but unfortunately Ruffalo seems a little under
utilised in this movie. To compliment the stellar acting by DiCaprio,
Hollywood legends Ben Kingsley and Max von Sydow only lend the film more
credibility and are brilliant as the head doctors of this down right
creepy establishment. Itís definitely a cast of actors who truly get
into their characters, hence the end result of this entertaining and
quite scary story.
quality of Shutter Island looks quite stunning on Blu-ray and
Scorsese has really captured the era of the 1950ís with the muted
colours and minimal amount of lighting. The set
design is unparalleled in Shutter Island, especially how they
created some truly spine chilling locations from the creepy looking
institution to the period costumes which is perfectly implemented into
the film. Add in DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack and Shutter
Island sounds quite impressive through our surround sound setup and
certain scenes make great use from this technology. The dialogue is
crystal clear that compliments the story, especially with the engaging soundtrack.
features goes, Shutter Island comes with two featurettes that
include Behind the Shutters which features interviews with a variety of
people who helped make the movie which include the cast, crew and even
the author himself. The other special feature called Into the Lighthouse
gives the viewer a great history on psychiatry of the 1950ís and the
motivations behind the creation of this film.
In the end
was quite a memorable movie for me that features an extremely well
written plot and some wonderful acting by the cast. The locales
transcend the movie to another level and really draws you in from the
first few minutes of the film about one manís psychological journey for
the truth and the mystery of Rachel Salando. Highly Recommended on Blu-ray!
- Behind The Shutters
- Into the Lighthouse