Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 by Russ Fischer
No, this new Shutter Island trailer doesn’t feature Jarvis Cocker. What it does do is recut much of the footage we’ve already seen with a bit of new stuff, and the overall effect is: “hey, remember me? Haven’t come out yet! See you in February.”
What this trailer does have, and really the reason I’m posting it, is a real deep spirit of lurid pulp appeal. I’ve been interested in seeing Shutter Island precisely because of what I’m seeing highlighted in this clip. The movie has always seemed like it would be Martin Scorsese bringing his particular brand of respectability to a very down and dirty story. In the hands of anyone else, this movie would probably look like one to catch on late night cable at best. But Scorsese changes the equation without changing the nature of the movie — that is, it still could be dirty and lurid, but made with (hopefully) impeccable craftsmanship. We’ll see about that last part.
If for some reason you’ve missed the plot of the film so far (which seems impossible, given how pervasive the last trailer has been in theatres) it’s like this:
U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo, barely visible in the trailer) travels to Shutter Island, a small island in Massachusetts’ Outer Harbor and home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderous patient in the Summer of 1954. 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. . .