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What's Really Going On?
on June 12, 2015
The film begins as a detective story: U.S. marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, respectively) travel to Shutter Island in Boston Harbor to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from a psychiatric hospital/prison on the island. After some less than satisfying interviews with the heads of the facility (Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow), DiCaprio's suspicions are aroused. Interviews with some of the patients provide Daniels with puzzling information, and he decides to 'nose around' with his partner. At the same time, he suffers from headaches and fitful sleep punctuated by nightmarish visions of his past and. increasingly, struggles with a seemingly hallucinogenic reality.
This production is a head-long trip from film noir into the psychiatric stratosphere. Quirky, spooky, and strange. A marvelous film. Things are never what they seem in the confines of Ashecliffe Hospital.