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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.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Teddy Daniels
Mark Ruffalo ... Chuck Aule
Ben Kingsley ... Dr. Cawley
Max von Sydow ... Dr. Naehring
Michelle Williams ... Dolores
Emily Mortimer ... Rachel 1
Patricia Clarkson ... Rachel 2
Jackie Earle Haley ... George Noyce
Ted Levine ... Warden
John Carroll Lynch ... Deputy Warden McPherson
Elias Koteas ... Laeddis
Robin Bartlett ... Bridget Kearns
Christopher Denham ... Peter Breene
Nellie Sciutto ... Nurse Marino
Joseph Sikora ... Glen Miga (as Joe Sikora)
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Storyline

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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Some places never let you go. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashecliffe See more »

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Box Office

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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2.35 : 1
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The whispered line in Complex C ("Stop me before I kill more") is likely a reference to William Heirens, a serial killer in Chicago in the 1940s. See more »

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Teddy Daniels: Pull yourself together, Teddy. Pull yourself together.
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Movie of the decade.
29 July 2018 | by NpMoviezSee all my reviews

It is one of the best movies made by director Martin Scorsese. It is perhaps the best movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Honestly speaking, it is one of the greatest films of the decade. DiCaprio featured in two movies in 2010, the other one being "Inception". Both were excellent. To this day, they are some of the best cinematic experience I have ever had. That being said, I found "Shutter Island" to be much more superior, as "Inception" feels a little bit of a mumbo jumbo many times. "Shutter Island" is simply a masterpiece. The beginning of the movie suggests a very basic plot of a detective story, possibly a thriller. As the movie progresses, the plot becomes bigger and bigger with more and more complexity added to it. The way this happens is incredible. The pacing is really good. That is what makes the movie so interesting. And, even though the movie gets more complex, it is not difficult to keep up with the major plot points. And, the final twist is one of the best plot twists I have ever seen. I did not expect it at all. And, like the main character portrayed by DiCaprio, we are not ready to believe what is being told until a lot of reveals finally convince us. There are a lot of many things that might seem to be pointless before the final twist which are totally relevant with the story that is actually being told. The character of Edward Daniels is superbly written. We get to know where the character is coming from and we can get behind the character - yet another excellent thing about this movie. There are some dream sequences that seems like a filler, but is a major indication to the reveal. There are quite many "illusions" which feel very real, but carry no real meaning in the end. There are many additional things which may seem like a diversion from the story being told, but are actually enhancing it. Some dialogues between the main character and an imprisoned character get a very different interpretation after it's all set and done. So much of a complex story, yet no giant inconsistencies at all. It's just superbly written and directed and acted. It's totally different from "Memento" (2000) but still, has a lot of similarities. We get into the main character's head and we just get his interpretations, different types though. Towards the end, we don't want to step fully outside his head, but when we finally do, it's mind blowing. The ending moments were conceived by many to be confusing. But, if you keep up with the entire story, it's meaning is quite obvious. The movie is dark and psychologically engrossing. Yet it does have a short lived and very brief happy moment with the tiny plotline involving Dr. Cawley's motives. That's all I can say without getting into complete spoilers. On the whole, for me, it's the movie of the decade. The decade is almost over, and still I have not got any movie in the league of "Shutter Island". It's a very engaging and thrilling movie. Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsly have given some of the great performances till date.

Score : special 10/10

Grade : A+

Label : All time great (which will automatically imply rewatchability)


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