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Two U.S. marshals are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island's fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.
Thriller Drama Mystery - This is a dark, twisty, fast-paced but over two-hour thriller for an
adult audience. This is a big showcase for star Leonardo DiCaprio,
so his fans should be pleased. Violence, language, subject matter,
and general creepiness make this a film strictly for adults.
PROFANITY: 18 F-words, 9 S-words, 13 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Full male nudity in a non-sexual context. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, beatings, fights; bloody bodies. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, medication. ACTION: An explosion and foot chases. COMEDY: Some darkly humorous moments.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 195 moviegoers: TEENS: The male reviews are very mixed. About half enjoyed "Shutter Island" very much and half didn't care for it. Many rated it very low, which is definitely not good. The ladies enjoyed it a lot more. Over half absolutely loved it and just a small percentage were disappointed.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The male and female reviews are very similar. Most enjoyed "Shutter Island" very much, but quite a few were somewhat disappointed. For some it will be enjoyable but not memorable.
ADULTS: Three-quarters of both the males and females enjoyed it very much. Most of the rest rated it average and below average. Fortunately, just a few were very disappointed.
The year is 1954, at the height of the Cold War, when U.S. Marshal Teddy
Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new
partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are summoned to Shutter Island to investigate
the implausible disappearance of a brilliant multiple murderess from a locked room
within the impenetrable Ashecliffe Hospital. Surrounded by probing psychiatrists
and dangerously psychopathic patients on the remote, windswept isle, they arrive
into an eerie, volatile atmosphere that suggests nothing is quite what it seems.
With a hurricane bearing down on them, the investigation moves rapidly.
Yet, as the storm escalates, the suspicions and mysteries multiply each more
thrilling and terrifying than the next. There are hints and rumors of dark
conspiracies, sordid medical experiments, repressive mind control, secret wards,
perhaps even a hint of the supernatural, but elusive proof. Moving in the shadows
of a hospital haunted by the terrible deeds of its slippery inhabitants and the
unknown agendas of its equally ingenious doctors, Teddy begins to sense that the
deeper he pursues the investigation the more he will be forced to confront some of
his most profound and devastating fears. And he realizes that he may never leave
the island alive.