Reality is more chilling than fantasy. Fiction borrowed from reality is a possibility, making the subject far more disturbing as opposed to digitally enhanced monstrous creatures. Precisely why Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ leaves you shaken.
An island that imprisons the most dangerous criminals, all of whom are mentally unsound would be the last place one would want to be. However, U.S. Federal Marshal Edward ‘Teddy’ Daniels (DiCaprio), chooses to go there on an investigation, or so he thinks. Accompanied by his new partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), he arrives to be met by the unreadable authorities at the island.
Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) and his staff are deceivingly helpful. Divulging limited information aided by the excuse of ‘protocol’, they seem to be as baffled by the disappearance of a female inmate as the Marshals. Kingsley draws you in as he delivers sardonic lines with a poker face and eyes that suggest the danger of the unknown.
Teddy catches on to the mystery and soon gets sucked into a convoluted maze of dark, multidimensional dreams, deranged inmates, disturbing, morbid memories of war and inexplicable symptoms.
As he tries to hold on to his sanity, I sat on the edge of my seat, elbows on knees, speculating on what the truth could possibly be. As DiCaprio portrays the mounting frustration, anxiety and confusion of his character you can’t help but feel the same.
The twisted film borders on manic with its gory illustrations of flashbacks of the War and a tormenting past and a few creepy dialogues. The ominous weather, eerie surroundings and complementing background score engulf you as parallel plots, that ultimately converge, draw you in.
Divinely twisted and literally mind-blowing!
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra