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Shutter Island - Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Martin Scorsese

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The year is 1954, at the height of the Cold War, when US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are summoned to Shutter Island to investigate the implausible disappearance of a brilliant multiple murderess from a locked room within the impenetrable Ashecliffe Hospital. Surrounded by probing psychiatrists and dangerously psychopathic patients on the remote, windswept isle, they arrive into an eerie, volatile atmosphere that suggests nothing is quite what it seems.

With a hurricane bearing down on them, the investigation moves rapidly. Yet, as the storm escalates, the suspicions and mysteries multiply each more thrilling and terrifying than the next. There are hints and rumours of dark conspiracies, sordid medical experiments, repressive mind control, secret wards, perhaps even a hint of the supernatural, but elusive proof. Moving in the shadows of a hospital haunted by the terrible deeds of its slippery inhabitants and the unknown agendas of its equally ingenious doctors, Teddy begins to sense that the deeper he pursues the investigation the more he will be forced to confront some of his most profound and devastating fears. And he realises that he may never leave the island alive.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film mystery thriller escaped mental patient hunt criminally insane search US Marshal crime asylum psychological conspiracy

Persons of interest

  • Leonardo DiCaprio .... Teddy Daniels
  • Mark Ruffalo .... Chuck Aule
  • Ben Kingsley .... Dr John Cawley
  • Emily Mortimer .... Rachel Solando
  • Michelle Williams .... Dolores Chanal
  • Max von Sydow .... Dr Jeremiah Naehring
  • Jackie Earle Haley .... George Noyce
  • Elias Koteas .... Andrew Laeddis
  • Ted Levine .... Warden
  • John Carroll Lynch .... Deputy Warden McPherson
  • Christopher Denham .... Peter Breene
  • Curtiss Cook .... Trey Washington
  • Drew Beasley .... Henry
  • Joseph McKenna .... Billings
  • Dennis Lehane .... Author
  • Laeta Kalogridis .... Screenwriter
  • Martin Scorsese .... Director

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Theatrical report

This review is embargoed until 14 February 2010.

Wow. If anyone ever asks you to define "psychological thriller" then tell them Shutter Island. Boy, it will fuck you up.

Never send a crazy man to do a sane man's job.

Never send a sane man to do a crazy man's job.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

Once is an accident, twice is a co-incidence, thrice is a conspiracy.

Trust me, I'm a doctor.

Keep taking your medication.

They're putting drugs in my food.

I think, therefore I am.

It's always in the last place you look, so that's the first place you should look.

The one thing that you can always trust is yourself.

Do not see this film if you suffer from paranoid delusions.

Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio does a man's job and there's not an iceberg in sight. He's all over the character, the script, the fear and the horror. The script is delightfully twisty, such that you never quite manage to feel sure of what's going on. The cinematography is stunning. The visual effects are dodgy. The hurricane is the best fake storm I've ever seen. And what a location: it's a character all by itself.

Shutter Island is immensely enjoyable although about 7 minutes too long.

The mystery, thriller movie Shutter Island is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong themes and violence)

Surveillance time

138 minutes (2:18 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 February 2010

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