Leonardo Dicaprio is awesome. That is fact! This year in 2010 he turned over two great performances in two of his best films. One was Inception and the other was Shutter Island. There are many horror films and many great actors, but only the combined effort of Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese (director) could create such a brilliant and intelligent horror film like Shutter Island.
The plot is an interesting little number going from bleak and mysterious to scary and surprising. A detective by the name of Edward “Teddy” Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule travel to Shutter Island to locate a patient who has gone missing from the hospital for the criminally insane. However nothing is what it seems and “Teddy” soon finds himself venturing all over the island to discover the truth about what is really going on. There are many interesting and startling revelations all through the film and the ending has just about one of the most shocking twists ever put on film. I won’t ruin it, but let’s just say that thanks to Dicaprio it is both emotionally wrenching and completely unexpected.
It’s interesting to note that there isn’t an especially big reliance on the effects over the course of the film. There are moments where they are used very effectively such as when a guy shoots himself in the head and blood goes everywhere and when “Teddy” apparently sees a load of frozen bodies in the snow. It coincidentally happens to be in the films scariest moments that theses sort of effects are used best.
The acting in this film was amazing. Leonardo Dicaprio gives his all in this film and everything he says and does is brilliant. He is without a doubt the best of all the cast members. Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) was an interesting character alongside Ben Kingsley as Dr. John Cawley who is way better in this than in the Prince of Persia film I saw. Jackie Earle Haley makes a somewhat unexpected appearance about half way through as George Noyce. I must say despite his brief appearance he is actually quite cool even if his character is a little, well, creepy.
I don’t think there is any doubt that Shutter Island is one of the best horror films I’ve seen over the years and completely lived up to my high expectations. Scary, gloomy, intriguing and packing powerful performances from its cast Shutter Island has to be one of the greatest horror films this year.