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With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine, John Carroll Lynch, Elias Koteas, Robin Bartlett, Christopher Denham, Nellie Sciutto, Joseph Sikora
Written by: Laeta Kalogridis, based on a novel by Dennis Lehane
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
Running Time: 138
Date: 02/13/2010

Shutter Island (2010)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Open and 'Shutter' Case

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), Shutter Island is a great looking, highly stylized, very intense thriller in the vein of Scorsese's earlier Cape Fear (1991). But while Scorsese is very good at creating strong images and exploring powerful characters head-on, he's not particularly good at sneaking around, planting clues and red herrings and springing surprise plot twists.

In 1954, federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) arrive on Shutter Island, a treatment facility outside of Boston for the criminally insane, to search for an escaped murderess. Haunted by past images from Nazi concentration camps and visions of his dead wife (Michelle Williams), Teddy actually has another, more personal reason to visit the island. Unfortunately he soon discovers that the there may be far more sinister things going on, and that doctors Cawley (Ben Kingsley) and Naehring (Max von Sydow), may be involved in some kind of hideous experiment. But even if Teddy can find proof, will he ever get off the island?

Experienced moviegoers will likely be two jumps ahead of the story, but that doesn't take away from the pure, exciting, physical experience of the movie itself. Individual moments and the performances of an excellent cast can take your breath away, regardless of the whole.

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