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Yogerst on “Shutter Island”

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Posted on February 23 2010 7:30 pm
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By Chris Yogerst

There are four words that should get the attention of most film lovers: Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Over the years Scorsese has gained a reputation for lengthy, stylish and violent films. Most famous are his gangster flicks. However, when he steps out from his comfort zone, he is also known to deliver. Many critics have been torn over his work post Casino, but a lot of us have stuck with him. He makes his mark on the thriller genre with Shutter Island, which is an adaption of the novel by Dennis Lehane, whose other books have also been made into great films (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone).

It’s 1954 and U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) left Boston Harbor to visit Shutter Island, home of an asylum for the criminally insane. They were sent to investigate a patient (there because she murdered her three children) who miraculously escaped from her room in the middle of the night. The first shot of the island through the fog sets the tone perfectly. Upon arrival, everything from the guards to the buildings that house the patients wreaks of suspicion.

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