Shutter Island (2010)

Rating: 9.5/10

Which would be worse: to live as a monster or to die as a good man? – Andrew Laddis

What could be better than an island full of psychopaths for Maniac Monday? An island full of psychopaths accompanied by Leo, Mark and Sir Kingsley. Yay!

Shutter Island is the brilliant psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorsese settled in the 50s and starring pure amazingness in the form of Leonardo di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley.

On a penitentiary island for mental criminals a patient is missing. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leo) and his partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) are sent to investigate the case. Headaches, vivid dreams, and traumatic memories are the unwanted guests in Teddy’s head while he’s on the verge of uncovering what could possibly become the biggest conspiracy theory on brain experiments. Or, is he?

Everything in this movie works. The acting is incredibly good, and I feel the need to underline this as too often big names don`t hold up to the expectations. The screenplay is complex and spreads through different times, but direction and cinematography are so well done you never feel lost.

The final twist is clever and rather unexpected: when you get there, you realize you have to watch the movie again and when you do watch it again, it feels like you are watching a whole new masterpiece! I really don`t want to spoil this for you, because the beauty of it is the unknown. So you really need to press play on this one!

May the corn pop for you!