Shutter Island…Did It Deserve More Credit?

Shutter Island (film)

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As one of my favourite films of the year, Director Martin Scorsese, has crafted a beautiful psychological  thriller. If you haven’t read the book then Shutter Island will certainly surprise you. It Follows Federal Marshall Teddy Daniels, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, with his partner Chuck Aule, acted out by Mark Ruffalo. The two have been sent on a mission to investigate a mental institute for the criminally insane on a remote island, to look for a missing patient who has impossibly left her prison block, called Rachel Solando (Patricia Clarkson). You soon learn nothing is what it seems. As the plot moves on, it is mostly focused on Teddy Daniels, who has personal problems of his own. He has his own agenda; he believes that illegal experiments are being carried out on the island, and is trying his best to find out where it is happening. He also wants to find a man,  Andrew Laeddis (Elias Koteas) for his past crimes.

The story of the film moves quite slowly but not necessarily in a bad way. The film often tries to give you subtle hints as to what the whole film is about. I for one didn’t get the subtle hints, which I’m glad about, because I was shocked in the end. But maybe you can, unless you’ve read the book of course, so don’t be smug. The film also slowly moves to a faster pace really nicely, moving from standstill, to moving slow, to moving fast, but the transition between the three is so smooth that you barely notice it.

The acting in this film is almost perfect. You’d have to nit pick to find anything wrong. DiCaprio once again proves to us the great actor that he really is, and gives an award-worthy performance. I have a confession actually, I didn’t rate him as an actor a few years ago, and I’m quite ashamed about that, because he has been one of the best actors on screen this year.

 My biggest concern is that the film made its money, but it didn’t get the credit it deserves. As well as Inception, this is another film that is in the top 10 this year. I don’t understand why it didn’t get the attention it should have received; maybe it wasn’t marketed as well, or maybe a bigger film was out at the time, either way it’s a shame really. Oh well, just like other reviews it gets a good rating from me aswell.


By Daniel Hart

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