The film version of Dennis Lehane’s creepy psychological thriller Shutter Island has taken a while to get on the big screen, but it was worth the wait. With Leonardo DiCaprio in the starring role as US Marshall Teddy Daniels, it’s one of the best psychological thrillers in quite a while. With its leisurely pace, moody ensemble and positively sinister exteriors, it’s also a nice reminder that intense movies don’t need to involve massive explosions, zombies, vampires or the wholesale slaughter of innocents.
Ashcliff is divided into three different wards: Wards A and B are for male and female patients, and the entire area looks more like a pleasant country estate than anything else, with sprawling grounds and beautifully tended flower gardens. None of the patients we see in these wards seems particularly dangerous or crazy, certainly not after ominous pronouncement by Cawley.