Thursday, 25 March 2010

Shutter Island: Paranoia is the new black

Shutter Island: The Review

What's the story?

Its 1954 and Leonardo DiCaprio plays a US Federal Marshall, Teddy Daniels, who specifically requests a missing person case in Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital for the mentally insane. Daniels is a tortured soul, haunted by dreams of his deceased wife Dolores played by Michelle Williams and the awful images of a Nazi Germany concentration camp during his time as an American soldier in the Second World War. Daniels and his partner Chuck, played by Mark Ruffalo, are investigating a missing prisoner and soon realises all is not well on Shutter Island. A terrible hurricane hits and Daniels is exposed to the dark, sinister world of the prison, it's inmates and the possibility that inhumane experiments are taking place. Daniels search for the truth leads him into a spiral of paranoia, self doubt, hallucinations and he begins to doubt his partner, the officers, and his own sanity.

What's good about it?

The actors performances are great, DiCaprio, Ruffalo and Kingsley as a Psychologist in particular are excellent. Scorcese's keen attention to the use camera shots and spine tingling score give the film an sense of doom and foreboding throughout. One shot in particular of DiCaprio and Ruffalo entering the prison in a car with long shots of the barbed wire fences and accompanying chilling music left me with a sense of complete dread and anxiety.

What's bad about it?

The films twists and turns can leave you a little confused, don't go and watch it if you aren't in the mood for concentrating or feeling a little lost.

SGS Rating

**** 4/5 Stars - I loved it!

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