Shutter Island: Engrossing, Not Enthralling

Martin Scorsese offers a cerebral thriller about a search for truth on an island of the insane

Mark Ruffalo, left, as Chuck Aule and Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels in Shutter Island.

The inmates of Ashecliffe hospital look at the new visitor with stares that might be pleading or warning. U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) has come with his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) to isolated Shutter Island in Boston Harbor to track down an escaped patient from the insane asylum. But that is only one of the enigmas Teddy must unravel. The doctors who run the institution, Cawley (Ben Kingsley) and Naehring (Max von Sydow), often respond to Teddy's questions with strange smiles whose meaning eludes both him and the audience. Teddy too has dark secrets: searing memories of his...

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