Some places never let you go.
In 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) arrive at Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of one of the patients from the island’s mental hospital. Director Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s tightly written page-turner is somewhat bloated and overwrought, but he nevertheless delivers a film that is ultimately compelling and touching. Scorsese’s crew turns Shutter Island into a dark, twisted place and its horror sceneries reflect the insanity of the island’s denizens – as well as the misery of Dachau, which the protagonist helped liberate in WWII. Good performances all around.
2010-U.S. 138 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Martin Scorsese, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Novel: Dennis Lehane. Cinematography: Robert Richardson. Production Design: Dante Ferretti. Cast:Leonardo DiCaprio (Teddy Daniels), Mark Ruffalo (Chuck Aule), Ben Kingsley (Dr. Cawley), Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Max von Sydow… Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley.
Trivia: Robert Downey, Jr. and Josh Brolin were allegedly considered for the part of Chuck; Wolfgang Petersen and David Fincher for directing duties.
Last word: “The key film I showed Leo and Mark was ‘Laura’ – Dana Andrews, the way he wears his tie, and the way he walks through a room, and he doesn’t even look at anybody; he’s always playing that little game. He’s just trying to get the facts.” (Scorsese, The Telegraph)