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Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Shutter Island
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine

In 1954, a US marshal and his new partner travel to a hospital for the criminally insane on the rugged Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient. While things on the island are not as they seem, the marshal seems preoccupied with his war memories and his wife's tragic death. Martin Scorsese's gripping neo-noir is stylish, well-acted, and visually rich, but I am not convinced that this pulpy story requires such a pompous and self-important 140-minute film. Based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel.