Shutter Island is the most recent of four collaborations between director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, both Oscar winners (the other three films featuring this pair are Gangs of New York, The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can). I expected to love it, Brooke wasn't so sure, but we both give it two thumbs up, so to speak.
There is definitely something wrong on Shutter Island--but it's not what you think. Even though the basic premise of the story, revealed during its final half hour, is one we've been tricked with before, we still didn't see it coming. (Think A Beautiful Mind or The Sixth Sense, but we're not giving away the ending on our blog because we want to you watch this one for yourself!)
Mr. Scorsese does everything he can think of to creep his audience out but also keep this film a high-brow drama. Fog, storms, power outages, criminally insane people, abandoned buildings, suspicious pipe-smoking doctors, Nazi prison camp flashbacks, and even rats (thousands of rats!)all combine to make you squirm in your seat. And the overwhelming, pulsing music that plays at key moments is enough to make an otherwise lovely scene seem horrifying.
This film is rated R. Before we recommend it, we want to warn you that it includes an extremely disturbing plot element involving child murder. And, for a few seconds, there are a few crazy naked guys in a very dimly lit jail cell who seem to be playing with their....selves.