Review: Shutter Island

Shutter Island is a murder mystery film made in 2010 that is sure to keep you entertained. Shutter Island is the name of an eerie island located off Boston, where a civil war fort has been converted into a prison for the mentally insane who have committed crimes such as killing their own family members. This island could only be reached by a boat as it was secluded from the rest of the place. The movie starts out with U.S Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo Di Caprio) and his partner Chuck Daniels (Mark Ruffalo) visiting the island as they were assigned the case of a missing child murderer from the island. While staying at the place they discovered many things including the tests being done on patients and a lighthouse where the tests were conducted. The movie also portrays how Daniels suffers from “post-traumatic shock syndrome” where he gets flashbacks of wars, deaths, and more. There are flashbacks of him and his fellow military officers at war and a little girl who kept saying “you could’ve saved me”. These flashbacks of the girl and the war lead to many situations that occur at the island. 

The plot started as a search for the missing patient (Rachel) but it quickly then turned to discovering the truth about the place. By using the line “don’t trust anybody here” a lot, the film mirrored the film’s storyline which was based on the secrets of the place- that all the characters held that made the island what it was. While watching this film, many would have questions as every secret is revealed, but everything ties together in the end. After watching the movie, a main takeaway is definitely how interestingly each character is plotted. Each character has their own backstory and their own secrets that they hid which were revealed throughout the film which made it even more interesting to watch. 

Overall, this film is a cinematic masterpiece as it showcases everything perfectly from the characters to the plot.

This movie is a recommended watch. 

Kennisha Kapur is a staff reporter

Edited by Riya Gupta

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