While Martin Scorsese's made-in-Boston film "Shutter Island" isn't slotted to hit theaters until Friday, Oct. 2, film enthusiasts got a sneak peek of the dark thriller at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival this week.
The promo is an ominous red-and-black image featuring the fictional namesake island peering in the horizon coupled with the fortuitous Boston Harbor lighthouse alluding to the film's dramatic ending.
As previously reported in Loaded Gun, two U.S. marshals (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane to an eponymous Boston-area island in 1954. During the investigation, they encounter a web of lies, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.
Based on the epic novel "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane, the Boston-shot flick features DiCaprio, Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley and was shot in Taunton's Whittenton Mills Complex (recrafted as the horrific Nazi concentration camp Dachau) as well as the Medfield State Hospital and Peddocks Island. Other locales include Borderland State Park, Hyde Park and Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham.
Also, a source here, who talked to author Lehane in Arizona, says the first 10 minutes of the movie is deeply disturbing.
Lehane's take on the footage? "Teddy (DiCaprio) walks up the hospital on Shutter Island. There's a woman patient sitting there, with a scar across her throat. She looks at Teddy, and slices her finger across her throat. He said the scene freaks him out."
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