Shutter Island made me want to close my eyes

A U.S. Marshal is called to a hospital for the criminally insane when one of the inmates goes missing.

Federal Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) travel to Shutter Island to investigate the very mysterious disappearance of one of the hospital’s patients, Rachel Solando. She had been put there after drowning her three children. Teddy is a WW2 veteran, still traumatised by things he had seen when he helped liberate a concentration camp and hit harder still by the death of his wife after their house was set on fire. He has a hard time accessing records and feels that there are people at the hospital trying to obstruct the investigation. It comes to his attention that there are 67 patients, however management insists that there are only 66. Teddy knows that whatever is going on, it is up to him to try to solve it, however it seems closure will come at a serious cost.

I didn’t really like Shutter Island. I only watched it after months of my friends asking whether or not I had seen it, and I must admit I certainly didn’t think it was worth the wait. Coming from Martin Scorsese, I was expecting big things anyway, and the number of people who recommended it to me definitely gave me hope that it would be a very good film, but I just didn’t like it.

Shutter Island featured the trusty partnership between Scorsese and DiCaprio – a collaboration that has happened on a. N umber of occasions now. DiCaprio’s performance as Teddy was good – his desperation to find the missing patient was second to none. Ruffalo as his partner, Chuck, was also very good. Ben Kingsley added a touch of class as Dr. Cawley, the lead psychiatrist at the hospital and then a few other familiar faces appeared as well. However, and I know this is probably just because I didn’t like the film in general, none of the characters really grew on me. None of the cast were anyone that I’m particularly fond of and so I wasn’t prepared to hang my soul on any of them. At least if the film had have starred an actor or actress I quite liked, I might have been more willing to fall for it.

I really was quite disappointed with this offering from Scorsese. After recently watching a number of his films, I’ve come to expect a high standard from him and Shutter Island did not meet it. The whole thing that I think got critics raving about this film is the big reveal at the end… that me, my mum and my dad had figured out halfway through it. When watching films such as Casino and The Departed, I never really knew what to expect from minute to minute. With this, the whole thing it rested on was the ending, and seeing as we successfully worked it out at roughly the 104 minute mark, that wasn’t all that good either.

All in all, I wouldn’t encourage you to invest two and a half hours of your time in Shutter Island. If you do, make sure you watch it all in the one go – I can’t help but think that I may have enjoyed the film slightly more had I have watched it in one session during the day as opposed to over two rather later nights. Still, no matter what time I’d have seen it, I stand by the idea that it would never have been my cup of tea. 

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Kira Comerford

Film and TV lover with hopes to one day make my own projects for everyone to enjoy. Until then, I'm giving my thoughts on what I watch for inspiration.

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