Captivated by Shutter Island

“Shutter Island” is a movie set in the 50s on the dark and damp Shutter Island, located off the coast of Boston, which houses a mental hospital for the criminally insane. Federal Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets his partner, Federal Marshall Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) on a ferry headed to the island.

The two arrive at the hospital to investigate the disappearance of one of the inmates. Upon arriving on the island, the prison guards are apprehensive. Daniels and Aule are careful and suspicious of everything around the island. They are especially suspicious of Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) who claims he uses humane techniques of psychology to help rehabilitate his patients.

Things get weird, however, when things turn out to not be what they seem. Daniels chose this investigation in particular to investigate the death of another inmate. Soon after they arrive on the island, Aule suggests that the facts do not add up. Daniels begins to feel that he was brought to the island for another reason; as a twisted experiment.

After a hurricane hits the island, they discover the hospital uses unethical and illegal methods for treating patients. With communication cut off from the mainland, and escape impossible, Daniels finds himself blocked by hospital staff in his search for clues that will lead him to the truth. Soon Daniels starts to question his memory, his partner, and even his own sanity.

Director Martin Scorsese delivered a dark, damp, chilly psychological mystery that was a delight to watch. The mystery developed and revealed itself slowly, which made the ending all the more rewarding and enjoyable. DiCaprio gave a great performance of a man unsure of himself, struggling to find the truth.

This movie is seemingly simple, but the audience is taken along for a long complicated ride that at the end leaves mouths open in surprise. “Shutter Island” is one of those movies that has to be seen again and again to pick up on all the subtle clues hidden throughout that make this movie so enjoyable.