Volume 47, Number 13 - March 1, 2010


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THEY'RE ON A BOAT: Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio, on the right) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo, on the left) set out to investigate the case of a missing patient at the Ashecliffe Hospital on Shutter Island, a mental hospital off the coast of Boston.

Miss the ferry to watch Shutter Island

By Michael Finch

From the opening of Shutter Island it’s apparent that something is wrong: the accents, the frightening music, and a plot that leads on a road around the island constantly.

When United States Marshalls Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) set out to investigate the case of a missing patient at the Ashecliffe Hospital on Shutter Island, Daniels can’t ignore his sense of wariness and his hidden motives for coming to the island.

In a mental hospital for criminals that is not far off the coast of Boston, both Marshalls soon meet Dr. John Crawley (Ben Kingsley) whose eerie demeanor is imitated by everyone on the island.

The fact that Daniels hails from Boston seems to more than enough reason for DiCaprio to again poorly execute his Boston dialect from The Departed.

The third pairing of director Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio also features Michelle Williams as the ever present Dolores, who proves to be a staple in the film’s revealing plot.   

The main idea never comes full circle; it only encourages you to follow Daniels as he experiences constant revelations of sinister activity on the island.

But surely enough, crowds of people will line-up for it because it’s a Scorsese film.

Scorsese trades his typical grit and violence to indulge in a somber brain teasing adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel.  

Despite its lack of a shocking conclusion, the film scores major points as an anxiety driven mystery, often plagued with ominous and somewhat eerie sounds that bring a horrifying revelation of the overwrought mystique of Daniels’ connection with the island to an end.

Too bad that when you leave, you are left waiting for a real ending.


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