Since Shutter Island was released in 2010, it hasn’t been a film that is easily forgotten about or overlooked. Brilliantly directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie takes place on a remote island and is based on the Shutter Island book written in 2003.
Scorsese’s casting choice isn’t one that can be overlooked. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Deputy U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels and Mark Ruffalo as his partner Chuck, the two set out to investigate Ashecliffe Hospital, a psychiatric facility after one of the patients mysteriously disappears.
Throughout their search for the missing patient, both DiCaprio and Ruffalo’s characters are met with extreme hostility from the hospital staff. Worse yet- things start to get strange. The word “RUN” is etched in Teddy’s notepad by one of the patients, for example
DiCaprio’s character is met with flashbacks to his time in World War II, and the line between reality and his past become blurred. During their investigation, Chuck disappears, and Teddy finds himself looking for his missing partner.
During his search, he is met by a woman who claims to be Rachel Solando, the missing patient. She reveals to him that she was once a psychiatrist but was forced into becoming a patient after trying to report the facility’s malpractices to the authorities. In case you’re wondering, yes, the staff was performing experiments on their patients.
The true twist in Shutter Island’s plot is revealed when we’re told that Teddy isn’t who we think he is, and this is where I started to question everything– including its ending.
Upon researching Shutter Island’s ending and looking for an explanation, I’d be lying if I said I fully understood it. But that’s the point in psychological thrillers– they keep us guessing
After watching Shutter Island, I couldn’t help but look up where it was filmed. Much to my pleasant surprise, the cast and crew were in my home state of Massachusetts, and filming took place in the greater Boston area. Throughout the state, there are a number of old buildings as well as hospitals that fit well into the sanatorium setting. Not to mention, the ocean is grey and rough in many places.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started last year, I’ve gotten into the hobby of watching movies, especially those with twists and turns. I’ve found myself looking for similar movies to Shutter Island as well. I love a film that keeps me on the edge of my seat, and Shutter Island definitely does that.
As a great tool in finding new movies, I’ve been using Friendspire, a social recommendation app that focuses on bringing its users all of the movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, and restaurants they didn’t know they needed. It’s how I was reminded that I hadn’t seen Shutter Island (yes, I’m a little late to the game), and it even brought me to this list: Top 10 Movies Like Shutter Island That Will Blow Your Mind.
After Shutter Island, I’m planning on spending my afternoons engaged in movies like The Prestige, starring powerhouse actors like Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlet Johansson and Black Swan. I might even re-watch Gone Girl for the millionth time.
Since watching Shutter Island on Netflix, I can’t wait to get through some of these other movies and see what else is out there.
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