n African Journal of Psychiatry - Shutter Island : movie review

Volume 13, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Hollywood has succeeded in delivering yet another psychological thriller, this time in the form of Shutter Island. Directed by the famed director and filmmaker Martin Scorsese, the film is based on the novel Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. The viewer is immediately introduced to the world of Teddy Daniels (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a Deputy U. S. Marshall who is sent to Shutter Island, a mental institution for the criminally insane, with his 'partner' Chuck Aule (played by Mark Ruffalo) to investigate the escape of one of its patients. Shutter Island, a facility providing "a moral fusion between law and order and clinical care". It is not long before a seemingly 'normal' investigation for Teddy and Chuck turns towards the 'abnormal'. The viewer is soon drawn into a rather psychotic and dare I say scary view of not only the mentally ill patient's lives and psychological processes, but also that of the main character of the story - Teddy Daniels.

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