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Shutter Island (2010)

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In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Teddy Daniels
... Chuck Aule
... Dr. Cawley
... Dr. Naehring
... Dolores
... Rachel 1
... Rachel 2
... George Noyce
... Warden
... Deputy Warden McPherson
... Laeddis
... Bridget Kearns
... Peter Breene
... Nurse Marino
... Glen Miga (as Joe Sikora)
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It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. Written by alfiehitchie

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Someone is missing. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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19 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,062,440, 21 February 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$128,012,934, 10 June 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,804,195, 10 June 2010
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The title is an anagram of "truths and lies", and "truths/denials". See more »

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When Teddy is dreaming of helping Rachel put her murdered children in the lake, the child is his arms has a few small blood marks on her face and Rachel has a large amount on her left eye, her cheek and her neck. By the side of the lake the girl has a large amount coming from her nose and Rachel's blood is much less around her neck area. See more »

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[first lines]
Teddy Daniels: Pull yourself together, Teddy. Pull yourself together.
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Referenced in The Finder: Little Green Men (2012) See more »

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CHRISTIAN ZEAL AND ACTIVITY
(1973)
Written by John Adams
Performed by San Francisco Symphony (as The San Francisco Symphony)
Conducted by Edo de Waart
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
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Don't miss this one - review from a skeptic.
19 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

From the look of the trailer, Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" looks more like a horror film… This is a dangerous place where isolation rules under fascist control. A U.S Marshall is sent to an asylum to investigate a missing patient but discovers so much more. A demon? A ghost? Something more? Is this going to be as disappointing as I think it is?

I was skeptical walking into the theater, wondering if this twist could hold water. The film starts with Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck, standing on a ferry. They talk about their assignment. What's suspect here is that there is no additional development. We are bam, smack right into the story without so much as an opening montage. All that we see is the men smoking a couple cigarettes. Though this is what begins as momentous development. As our hero smokes we that this isn't the glorified top lit smoking of a beauty or that of a sophisticated and confident gangster. We see that this is a harsher character with poor posture, someone who doesn't sleep well, someone with a deep past…

They are greeted at the gate by guards whose attitudes' seem immediately suspect. Soon we meet Dr Crawley, a seemingly complex and modern man who runs the asylum. However, he soon turns uncooperative with the investigation. Inmates and staff are hiding something but what? Everyone here seems off. Evidence and clues begin to appear but not before our hero seems riddled by psychosis himself. "You act like all this madness is contagious." Daniels says to the guard. Is it? Soon we begin to wonder, too, but not before he uncovers the tip of the iceberg and it's not only painfully intimate with his own past but also a mass conspiracy. The Nazis had concentration camps and the Americans have Shutter Island.

Though, it doesn't stop here, but to say anything else would do the story injustice… Kingsley is in his finest role in years. Similarly, DiCaprio reaches new levels. Amongst others Elias Koteas, Ted Levine, Michelle Williams, all play small but wonderful roles. Robert Richardson captures a world all of its own.

While Scorsese is a master of film I'd say that his specialty has been more character than story. This is a fresh balance of both. It's a mix of noir and thriller. It's only sort of a horror movie and could be compared to "The Shining" but it makes it look like it's a one trick pony.

All this praise being said it's not for everyone. The story is complex. It takes some attention. At times it's a bit bleak and dire. Of course it all makes a little less sense when you actually think about it but then again that's film. There are a couple of moments where the story gets lost within itself. Things become a bit too complicated. At this point you might begin to lose faith in its viscosity, but don't worry because the story has you right where its put you.


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