When the release date of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island was pushed back, I started to panic a little.
When the release date of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island was pushed back, I started to panic a little. Postponing a much-anticipated film is usually not a good sign, particularly since the delay took Shutter Island out of the Oscar running. I entered the theater with managed expectations, and left feeling thoroughly satisfied. Though it's not Scorsese's finest, it's still a solid, engaging film — and the first truly good movie I've seen in 2010.
Don't let the promos fool you: Shutter Island is not a duck-and-cover horror movie. Sure, it has its share of creepy music, suspenseful moments, and harrowing scenes, but you'll be scratching your head more than covering your eyes. The movie is all DiCaprio, as US Marshal Teddy Daniels investigating an escape from Ashecliffe Hospital on Shutter Island (off the coast of Boston) in 1954. Backed by his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), Daniels immediately runs into issues with Ashlecliffe's doctors and patients, and becomes convinced that there's a conspiracy hiding in the case. As Teddy grows more obsessed with revealing the truth, the line between sanity and insanity slowly grows blurred.
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