Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Shutter Island. The story follows a pair of U.S. Marshals — including Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) — who travel to Shutter Island, a small island in Massachusetts’s Outer Harbor, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderous patient in the Summer of 1954.
Official Plot Description:
“But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry? The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . .”
Seems like Scorcese is giving us another Cape Fear-type of thriller; one with Oscar potential. Everything from the cast, the sets, the mood, cinematography looks fantastic.
My only problem with the book and hence the movie as well is that the ending was too pat. Not to give anything away (read the damn book!), but it felt very much like something M. Night Schamalamadingdong would want to direct. It’s going to be nearly impossible to not have a third-act letdown in this movie. More than anything, I’m curious how Scorcese is going to get around the obvious faults of the book’s story.
The film also stars Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Elias Koteas, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley. Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple.com.
Shutter Island is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 2nd, 2009.