If you want a creepy, psychological thriller, then look no further than Shutter Island. Based on Dennis Lehane’s book, the movie follows Teddy Daniels, a US Marshall in search of a missing “patient” at a mental institution for the criminally insane. He soon reveals to his new partner Chuck that he is also looking for a guy named Laeddis, who’d set an apartment building on fire and killed his wife. Soon after arriving on the island, however, Teddy begins having nightmares and hallucinations. He also believes there is a conspiracy with those in charge of the institution to experiment on their patients, much like the Nazis did at the concentration camps.
Most movies that come out are not worthy of the price of admission into the theater, nor even the low price of a DVD rental. But this one definitely is worth it. There is a twist, which I won’t reveal here but I’ll just say it completely blind-sided me. It’s one of those twists that makes the viewer want to go back and watch it again, just to see all the clues that were missed. If you haven’t seen it already, I highly recommend that you do, though it’s probably best not to watch it by yourself or on a stormy night (and most definitely not by yourself on a stormy night).