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The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner,
Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for
the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient.
Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren
island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant
surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a
strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of
radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves
made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape
Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is
remotely what it seems.
During hurricane season in 1954 U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, a war -weary
widower, and his partner go to Shutter Island to search for an escaped
prisoner, child-killer Rachel Solando. The facility is filled with mad folks and
seemingly evil psychiatrists and no one can throw any light on how
Solando escaped from her locked room.
Though Teddy is supposedly trying to find Solando, he has two additional
secret missions. One, he's searching for the arsonist who took his wife's
life. The killer is rumored to be an inmate on the island, but no one has
heard of him. And two, he is doing intelligence-gathering for a U.S. Senator
about the rumors of secret experimental treatments being funded by the
House Un-American Activities Committee.
That the investigation is taking place amid complete insanity we know from
the get go. But the extent of the craziness is only gradually made clear,
and Teddy is forced more than once to take stock of his own sanity. By the
end, he'll find himself very much alone.
"Shutter Island" has plenty of chills, but the real pleasure is in its persistent
tightening of the vise on Teddy and on how the lines between the sane and
the insane begin to blur. And don't forget, it's hurricane season and one is
on the way.
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