"Don't you get it? You're a rat in a maze."Two years after losing his wife in the most devastating way, U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels thought that he had lived his worst nightmare already. That is, until his latest case takes him on a fateful trip to Shutter Island, home to the criminally insane.
When a female patient disappears from a maximum security facility on a secluded island in Massachusetts, Daniels and his partner Chuck (played by Mark Ruffalo) arrive on the island to comb the premises. But they end up discovering more about the island than they bargained for, and Daniels (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) ends up in way over his head. Other than its dangerous inhabitants, Daniels later learns the horrifying secret that once you're on the island there's no escape. As Daniels sinks deeper into his case, furiously questioning wardens, guards, doctors, patients, anyone on the island who can give him a clue as to where and how a patient escaped from a dead end island, he becomes frighteningly aware that he may be anxiously chasing his own tail in seeking answers from those in an insane asylum. In a case that's become topsy turvy and new revelations reveal shocking twists, Daniels realizes that, as many of the patients on Shutter Island, he may be losing his grip and has nowhere to run.
A twisted psychological thriller that leaves you guessing until the very end, Shutter Island is yet another fantastic collaboration between DiCaprio (giving another pitch-perfect and near heartbreaking performance) and director Martin Scorsese. With shady characters, plot twists and deliciously creepy music throughout, Shutter Island lives up to all the hype.
Reel Talk rating: A