In 1954, U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), go to the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island located in Boston Harbor. They are investigating the disappearance of Rachel Solando, a patient who apparently escaped from a locked room. Dr. John Cawley (Ben Kingsley), the head psychiatrist, explains that Rachel was incarcerated for drowning her three children.
During the search for Rachel, Daniels sees a lighthouse but is told it has already been searched. He asks to see the hospital's personnel files; Dr. Cawley refuses, but allows the Marshals to question the staff. They are frustrated to learn that Rachel's psychiatrist, Dr. Sheehan, left on vacation after her disappearance. That night, Teddy has a strange dream in which he sees his wife Dolores Chanal (Michelle Williams), who was killed in a fire two years earlier. She tells Teddy that Rachel is still on the island, as is Andrew Laeddis, the arsonist responsible for Dolores's death. Daniels soon reveals to Aule this ulterior motive: Laeddis had been sent to Ashecliffe for his crime and but then disappeared. Daniels investigated and met a former resident, George Noyce, who claimed that Ashecliffe experimented on patients.
Dr. Cawley informs Daniels that Rachel has been found and presents her to him without explanation of her disappearance. A delusional Rachel (Emily Mortimer) mistakes Daniels for her husband who died in World War II, and then becomes very agitated. Daniels develops increasingly severe migraine headaches. He has more strange dreams, followed by waking hallucinations related to World War II and the Dachau concentration camp, which he helped to liberate, and his part in the Dachau massacre. He eventually deduces that there is a patient who is being kept in secret—he believes this to be Andrew Laeddis. Trapped on the island by a storm, Teddy decides to search for Laeddis in Ward C, which he has not been permitted to investigate. Posing as an orderly, he enters the ward and finds George Noyce (Jackie Earle Haley), who says that lobotomies are performed in the lighthouse. Noyce tells Daniels that the entire investigation is a game constructed for him, and that Aule is not on his side.
Martin Scorsese|Bradley J. Fischer|Daniel Dubiecki|Mike Medavoy|Jeffrey Clifford|Arnold W. Messer|Gary Barber|Roger Birnbaum
February 19, 2010