The fortuitous partnership between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio is truly turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving. Each collaboration has subsequently yielded a better, more accomplished performance out of DiCaprio (the gulf between his unremarkable work in Gangs of New York and career-best in The Departed is pretty large). Now, given the release of the trippy trailer for their upcoming crime-thriller Shutter Island, there is every reason to hope the pair's best is yet to come. In the trailer, a parade of Oscar nominees (Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley among them) turn up for what looks to be one fantastically twisted story of paranoia and fear amidst a criminal investigation at a mental institution on a lonely, isolated island. Like any Scorsese film, Shutter Island looks visually stunning, expertly-acted, and epically directed. This could even be a bigger hit than The Departed, Scorsese's biggest box office success thus far. What do you think? Who has read Dennis Lehane's novel and can vouch whether the trailer captures its spirit? Watch it below and start counting down the days until Oct. 2.
Posted June 11 2009 — 3:29 PM EDT
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