In the spring of 1952, Federal Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), is investigating a murderess’s disappearance from an institution for the criminally insane, conveniently located on the mysterious and secluded Shutter Island. Perhaps it’s the isolation or maybe the general psychosis of the “patients,” but the more time spent on the island, the more haunted he becomes by his own past.
This film made me fall back in love with the psychological thriller, not that much persuasion was needed, but I’m telling you straight up that this film was pretty good. I mean, this brings back memories of The Silence of the Lambs (oh hey Ted Levine, nice cameo you got thar) – and that’s quite a statement from me. Scorsese’s use of visuals and story are such a compelling match, you’re instantly drawn into the plot. And the score! Holy crap it could’ve not been a better match! Not only is the audience driven into Daniels’ mind, but I swear I could feel the unadulterated tension and paranoia.
Again, this movie is great. It’s reminiscent to an old-school psychological thriller, but thick with originality. Hoorah.
Final Grade: A