Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), a U.S. Marshall, and new partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) go to Shutter Island, where the most violent of the criminally insane are housed, to find a missing patient. Once there, they encounter mysteries they could not expect. I’ll say right off that this is a really good movie, but it had the potential to be a lot better. The acting here is top-notch. DiCaprio is really one of the most talented actors in Hollywood and he doesn’t disappoint here. Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Sneakers) may turn in the best overall performance as Psychiatrist Dr. Cawley. There are also very brief but also very good performances from two of the best character actors out there, John Carroll Lynch (Gothika, Gran Torino) and Elias Koteas (The Fourth Kind, Zodiac). On top of all that you are also treated to outstanding performances from Max von Sydow (Needful Things, What Dreams May Come), Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Watchmen), and Patricia Clarkson (The Woods, Carrie).
The story is a really good one, the scenery is outstanding, and the feel of the movie is pretty intense. Add to this the fact that the film was directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and you would think this would be an instant classic; however, it does fall short of that. The main problem with this movie is that it really slows down a lot for a good period of time. I found myself loving this movie until it hit that point. There is a really long stretch where there is just nothing happening to advance the story. It does pick back up and grab your attention again, but then the ending, though really good, also falls into the category of dragging out a bit. This movie is almost 2 hours 20 minutes long and would have benefited greatly from cutting about 20 minutes out. But, as I said, this is a really good movie nonetheless, and one I recommend.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8