Shutter Island makes audiences shudder

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

   “Don’t you get it? You’re a rat in a maze.”

   Since its release date of February 19, the new psychological thriller “Shutter Island” has had audiences quaking in their boots.

   The film, set in 1954, is directed by academy award-winner Martin Scorsese and follows the story of U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio).

   Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are investigating the whereabouts of an escaped murderess and patient.

   The story takes place at Ashecliffe Hospital, an institution for the “criminally insane,” which is located on the remote Shutter Island near Boston.

   After the institute’s refusal of important documents that are crucial to the case and their vague answers to important questions, Daniels begins to question what his actual purpose is on the island.

   “Shutter Island” is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane.

   “Shutter Island” takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster, ranging from scared, to angry, to sad, to just downright disturbed. Plus, it has something for everyone.

   For the sentimental, it has a heart-breaking back-story.  For the thrill-seekers, it has unexpected surprises that’ll make you jump. For the mystery lovers, it contains boatloads of plot twists.

   Combine this with two parts stellar acting, and for the ladies, good looks by DiCaprio; two parts innovative direction by Scorsese; two parts of the unexpected-yet-well done casting of Ruffalo, who usually frequents chick-flicks and a dash of the intriguing plot originally from the mind of Lehane. Mix until frothy.

   According to the Motion Picture Association of America, “Shutter Island” is rated “R” for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity.

   If you do see “Shutter Island”, which is highly, highly recommended, don’t go alone. Bring a friend. Or two. Or three.

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