Published June 12, 2009
Leonardo DiCaprio is losing his mind, again. In the new trailer for Shutter Island, his latest collaboration with director Martin Scorsese (which opens in theaters October 2), DiCaprio plays a U.S. Deputy Marshall who investigates mysterious happenings at a mental hospital for the criminally insane and finds himself trapped inside. If marital unease lead to the actor’s meltdowns in Revolutionary Road, this time he’s got hallucinogenic drugs and a paranoid conspiracy bearing down on his brain. “Pull yourself together, Teddy!” he yells at himself, in one of the clip’s telling moments.
It’s hard to watch the heart-thumping trailer and not think of prior DiCaprio outings: the Boston-accent of The Departed, the actor and director’s last successful partnership; the ominous secluded island of The Beach. But Scorsese looks like he’s moving into new territory here: With glimpses of eerie deformed-looking patients, bizarre dream sequences and screams on the soundtrack, this may be the Oscar-winning maverick’s first foray since 1991’s Cape Fear into anything that resembles horror.
Described by author Denis Lehane (Mystic River) as a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the books of the Bronte sisters (Wuthering Heights), the 2003 novel on which the film is based received plenty of critical acclaim (The New York Times called it “startlingly original,” and a “deft suspenseful thriller”). If Scorsese’s adaptation is as tense and unnerving as this trailer suggests, he and DiCaprio may also find themselves with another hit on their hands.