It is the 1950's, the Nazi's have been defeated and the Cold War looms and for U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck something about the Penitentiary/Hospital for the Criminally Insane on Shutter Island just doesn't add up.
Leo DiCaprio continues to refute all my claims against his acting with movies like The Departed straight through to Inception and this is no different. In fact, this is a must see. Ironically when I was watching Inception I thought, "Leo sure does remind me of Jack Nicholson these days, but what he really needs to be in that calibre is a The Shining or a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Well folks, this is it.
Teddy Daniels is ostensibly on the island to find an escaped prisoner, but his real purpose is much deeper, darker, and fitting. This movie is a psychological-thriller with a wonderful 50's ambience and a lot of attention to the troubles of the time. Just keep an eye on those shells, the ending isn't where you expected it.
The movie was directed by Martin Scorsese and this Goodfella hasn't lost a trick. The visuals and the sound are used to wonderful effect. Driving your experience of the protagonists environment to wonderful and gut wrenching levels. Waking dreams, nightmares, hallucinations, reality, all start to wash together and this is one rabbit hole that goes straight to hell.
Some movies pull you in, Shutter Island threatens to never let you go.