Plot-twisting, intense Martin Scorsese film that brings its own interesting perspective on mental illness.
Shutter Island is one of Martin Scorsese's most unique films that not only showcases Leonardo DiCaprio's highly versatile acting skills but a very well-made psychological thriller with ambiguous scenarios that keep the viewers' minds fixated on the possible outcomes of almost every scene that transpires throughout the film. It's about a U.S. Marshal and his partner who travel on a ferry to go to investigate a patient escapee at Ashecliffe Hospital, an insane asylum that harbors the most dangerous, mentally disturbed patients, regarded as criminally insane and a threat to their own society. The island is operated and lead by numerous psychiatrists who have their own methodology on how they choose to treat their patients, either via medication, therapy, or surgery, invasive or non-invasive. Honestly, Shutter Island is not for the faint of heart, since it revolves around dark subject matter such as people suffering from severe forms of mental illness that resulted in gruesome homicides (including a woman who murdered her own young children), schizophrenia, manic-depressive disorder, suicide, nightmarish hallucinations, psychosis, etc. Language is infrequent but strong in this film (couple uses of the f-word and crude anatomical terms). There's no sex or graphic nudity shown in this film. The main form of "drug use" in this film are scenes where patients are given medications and sedatives to help suppress their condition. Shutter Island is a darkly entertaining film that brings out your own ideologies about what's possibly happening throughout the film until it all culminates in the end. If your teenage children can handle the intense subject matter realistically shown in this film, then Shutter Island shouldn't be an issue.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness