Synopsis: Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island
To be completely honest, I really wasn't expecting much from this film, but of course, if the past has taught us anything, it's that trailers aren't to be trusted. With the incessant twists and psychological mindf*%@s, Shutter Island proved to be a pretty impressive film. There was a steady pace to the film, and I didn't find myself getting impatient waiting for something to happen, but instead found myself trying to figure out what the hell was going on.
Looking back at the film, the ending was quite foreseeable, but wasn't obvious enough for me to realise throughout the duration of the film.
The film had several 'abstract' scenes intercut with a lot of the dialogue, something I really thought worked beautifully well in a lot of the scenes, with the subtle volume of the dialogue, and the silence of the overlaid scenes. The flashbacks that DiCaprio was having were very nicely shot, really well done, and weren't explained all at once; something which I felt contributed to the factors which kept my interest.
Leo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as the two 'cops' didn't seem to have a lot of chemistry together, although the reason for this becomes apparent, there wasn't a lot of relationship between the two, DiCaprio just seemed to saunter through the film with Ruffalo tethered to his backside. DiCaprio, however was quite astounding. I was taken by his incredible emotionally-driven performance, especially in the closing minutes of the film.
I wasn't as taken by Ben Kingsley's performance as the institution's proprietor, although he had his shining moments (notably the final 10 minutes or so), DiCaprio overshadowed Kingsley. Not by far, but overshadowed nonetheless.
In any case, the positives about Shutter Island far outweigh the negatives, with it's gripping story and an intense performance by (some of) the cast, and interesting psychological thriller with sudden twists and an ending which, in all honesty was simply adequate.