By: Eva Olson
‘Shutter Island’ is a thriller/mystery movie following the story of a U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo). They are brought to a psychiatric hospital on a secluded island to locate a patient who mysteriously disappeared from a completely locked room leaving no trace behind.
The plot was very fast paced and intense as well as suspenseful. It had a lot of dark themes like war, addiction, and murder/death. There was a good amount of gore and violence including many dead bodies and blood. This movie was pretty confusing but I think that just added to the uneasiness and suspense.
Even though this movie was very unnerving it was also very sad. I think one of the main causes of the melancholy theme was the time period it was in being right after the Holocaust. Another thing that added to the somber, but also unsettling, feel of the movie was the setting. Even the weather perfectly set the mood for each scene.
I thought the actors did a great job with this movie and played their roles very well. The casting was great and I recognized a lot of people. All of the characters were very complex and had many different sides to them so it was hard to predict what they were going to do next.
It was always hard to know who Teddy could trust and who was out to get him. Lots of characters kept trying to convince Teddy to believe him and every time I thought one of them was telling the truth and everything had been solved, some other piece of information would be uncovered and I’d be back to square one.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an unsettling, intense, mystery movie. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to someone who gets scared or grossed out easily. I would give this movie a 10/10 rating. You can find ‘Shutter Island’ on Netflix.