audience these days, the "retarded" comment isprobably more to the point. If you want a tidymystery with a few scares along the way, this isn'tfor you.However, with Martin Scorsese directing, LeonardoDiCaprio in the lead, a host of quality actors fillingout the cast and Dennis Lehane's novel as thesource material, there are ample reasons to seethis movie. Just don't consider it an easy walk intothe damp prison of the mind.
starts with all you need to know toprepare yourself for the whole film. It is 1954, thecold war front and center for the paranoidveterans still reeling from the pain of the SecondWorld War. We see fog, a ship emerging andsomeone violently sick, isolated, surrounded bywater. There you go. We learn the sick man isour hero, Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshall. He hasbeen sent with his partner to the Shutter Islandasylum for the criminally insane. It appears apatient has escaped and the Marshalls are thereto solve the case. Fog, sick, alone. Remember the clues.From this traditional set-up, we dive into thetraditional police procedural investigation, fromthe interviews with witnesses including the nutcases inside the asylum and the ex-Nazi doctor