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Rated R · 138 min. · 2010

Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Having Martin Scorsese direct a silly psychological thriller like this is like inviting a famous chef over to boil some hot dogs and open a can of baked beans. US marshals Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo take a ferry boat to a gruesome mental institution on the title locale in the stormy waters off Boston to investigate one mystery, and they end up facing several others: sinister doctors Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow, a missing patient (Patricia Clarkson or Emily Mortimer, take your pick), grotesque inmates, creepy guards, the DiCaprio character’s bad dreams about his late family and his wartime experiences, etc. He sees dead people. This simmering pot of routine dreadfulness, from the novel by Dennis Lehane of Mystic River fame, is nowhere near as well constructed as that drama, and the screenplay adaptation by Laeta Kalogridis is no help at all. Worse than that, we can tell that Scorsese’s heart just isn’t in it. Costarring Jackie Earle Haley and Ted Levine. Miss this boat (138 min.).
Official Site: www.shutterisland.com
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Dennis Lehane and Laeta Kalogridis
Producer: Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Bradley J. Fischer and Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams and Max Von Sydow

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