Federal Marshall Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule travel to a government-run institution for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, near Boston, when there is a report that a prisoner has gone missing. Daniels, weighed down with his own baggage, has his own reasons for wanting to get to the island. He is still traumatised from what he saw when his army unit liberated one of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II, and still haunted by his wife’s more-recent death in a fire. The head of the hospital, Dr. John Cawley, treats him decently, but others give the agents a cooler reception. Daniels particularly wants to find out what goes on in the ward that’s reserved for the most serious offenders. As he begins to peel away the layers of deceit, it becomes obvious that not all is as it seems.
This is a highly effective and suspensful movie with very few jump scares, not to mention that none of them are fake. All the terror generated from those scares was from things you are actually supposed to be afraid of. There is also really great practical visual effects and use of make-up. The movie also shows you disturbing scenes and images that leave you on the edge of your seat. This movie is in parts a body horror sub-genre, but it’s mostly a psychological horror sub-genre, which is also my favorite horror sub-genre! Leonardo Di Caprio’s performance is great in this movie, Patricia Clarkson as well and Ben Kingsley too. I absolutely love the twist ending of this movie as well! I’m surprised this movie hasn’t been nominated or won anything at the oscars.
I don’t have any problems with this movie, honestly, I really don’t. Again, another 10/10* Martin Scorsese movie. If you’re a fan of psychological horror and suspensful movies in general, see this movie!
*WARNING: If you’re scared of rats, there’s one scene in the movie you’ll absolutely hate! So! Many! Rats! Hundreds of rats all running out of a hole in a cliff! Yeah, I wasn’t kidding about the disturbing images thing*
Director: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane
Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, John Carroll Lynch
Runtime: 138 minutes