Essay on Shutter Island

817 Words Nov 27th, 2011 4 Pages
Directed by Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island is an American mind bending thriller film based on Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel also named Shutter Island. Leonardo DiCaprio takes the lead role as a U.S Marshall named Teddy Daniels, who along with his partner, Chuck Aule (played by Mark Ruffalo), are investigating the mysterious disappearance of a patient at a highly guarded and isolated psychiatric penitentiary located on Shutter Island. Teddy Daniels runs about the island trying to uncover the mysteries of the Shutter Island psychiatric ward, only falling deeper into the conspiracy, all the while dealing with his past horrors and hallucinations that somehow help him in his investigation. As the plot unfolds, vivid scenes and music help reveal …show more content…
The film starts by the two detectives arriving by boat accompanied by dark creepy clouds and terrible weather which leads to hurricane type winds and stormy rain through the film. This helps contribute to the already eerie and dark environment of the mental hospital/institution. The dull grey lighting of the sky with the dramatic rocking of the boat and loud fog horns puts you on edge from the get go. From the very beginning, it is apparent something strange is taking place on Shutter Island and the director leaves the audience to gain the experience of watching everything unfold.
The setting of the movie is just as important as any other aspect of the film. The fact that it takes place in a mental hospital/institution on a remote island surrounded by rocky cliffs, huge waves, caves, steeps along with a creepy lighthouse, where it is said cruel experiments take place, screams suspense and thrill. The island is surrounded with tall brick walls laced with electric fencing and only one port to leave and arrive. The facility itself gives off an eerie feel with its creepy architect. Inside, the buildings are littered with labyrinth style spaces that seem to almost consume its inhabitants. Flickering, somewhat, unreliable lighting and approaching storm adds to sketchy scenery. I feel this makes the audience feel at unease throughout the film, as if

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