Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island
represents yet another striking examination of guilt and the quest for redemption by the director, this time through the lens of a twisty psychological thriller. The film artfully displays how effortlessly Scorsese can weave his recurring obsession with these concepts into one of the few genres he hasn’t tackled.
The movie opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane. They have been asked to investigate the d...