Teaser Poster For Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’

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For those of you who may not know, Martin Scorsese’s next film (currently in post-production) is Shutter Island. The movie is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone). It’s about a US Marshall and his new partner who are sent to “investigate the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a prison for the criminally insane, and is presumed to be hiding out on the remote Shutter Island.”

Adding to that great plot, Shutter Island has a very impressive cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams and Jackie Earle Haley, and of course having Scorsese behind the camera, this is really shaping up to be another winner from the legendary director.

Thanks to RopeofSilicon, via a scan from a Berlin newspaper, we’ve got a look at the early teaser poster for the film. Although not the absolutely greatest of quality, it’s still good enough to give us a good look – and it’s really something:

shutter island early teaser poster Teaser Poster For Scorseses Shutter Island

Although this wouldn’t be enough for the final poster, mainly because it doesn’t tell us much about what the film is actually about (not to mention who stars in it), it’s pretty fantastic for a teaser because it does exactly that… tease.

Whatever did happen to patient 67?…

Scorsese is without a doubt one of the best directors of all time, and that warrants any film he makes to at least be given a chance. Even when he makes films at a lower level than he’s capable of (Gangs of New York springs straight to mind), they’re still at least entertaining.

So far films based on the novels of Dennis Lehane have proven to make for gripping drama, and I’m sure Shutter Island, especially under the direction of Scorsese, will be no different.

What are your thoughts on this poster and the film in general?

Shutter Island is scheduled for an October 2, 2009 release in the US, and an October 9, 2009 release in the UK.

Source: RopeofSilicon

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  1. It’s a stunning poster. There’s something very unsettling about it.

  2. I don’t know about the rest, but Mystic River was horrible, I don’t care what anyone says. It was one of the worst films I’ve seen that year…

  3. @hamlet, there’s always something unsettling about someone that doesn’t cast a shadow. :-)

    I wonder, if that little cutey Emily Mortimer will be the crazy escaped killer… She’s adorable, she’ll be a little adorable crazy killer, lol.

  4. Dude, Mystic River was great. We don’t agree on that subject AT ALL.

  5. I’m with my fellow SR writer:) – that scene where Sean Penn finds out his daughter’s dead is one of the most powerful scenes EVER.

    Eastwood crafted such a mature, meaningful, emotional, and powerful film – and the acting was out of this world from all involved.

  6. And what part of “I don’t care what anyone says” did you two not understand? :-D lol just kidding, I know I’m in th minority, I just didn’t “dig” the story and the overly dramatic scenes. Movies and novels tend to over dramatize things, which usually looks good on film and on paper, but if you look at how things happen in real life, they simply don’t happen that way. But mainly what I didn’t like was how the whole central premise of the plot was around a big coincidence. I hate the typical movie coincidences. And how the cop at the end knows Penn’s character is guilty yet he just nods at him at the end like he’s giving his respect or like it’s all ok, blah blah blah. If it ended with a bullet between his eyes that would have been better for me. But that’s just my opinion. If I’ve described anything of the plot wrong, I probably just don’t remember it that well, but I know how I felt about it after watching it. And strangely my sister who typically likes these types of movies that I hate also hated this one, which is weird…

    Anyway, enough with hijacking this thing about Shutter Island, lol.

  7. Gah, not Leonardo DiCaprio again.

  8. Ken J ,
    Dillons chracter didnt nod at Penn at the end.
    He fashioned his finger into a gun reminding Penn of the games of cops and robbers they used to play .
    It was Dillons way of telling Penn that he was coming after him soon.
    Eastwood even said in subsequent interviews that it was his intent to hint at what was coming next .

  9. So when can we expect a trailer?

  10. I forgot what exactly he did, but I just remembered it seemed more like a playful thing than anything else. If I was a cop and I saw someone there that was a suspect in a murder investigation I wouldn’t gesture anything to him. Not sure if it should be considered a “game” of cops and robbers. It’s more like someone has done something and justice needs to be served.

    But anyway, like I said, it’s just my opinion anyhow, and the main thing I didn’t really like was all of the coincidences that made the movie possible.

  11. I dunno about Mystic River. I like the story of Gone Baby Gone better as far as the writer goes, and I like Gran Torino a lot more as far as directing goes.

    It might be because I don’t like Sean Penn or Kevin Bacon much at all, except for Milk and Sleepers, but Mystic River did get better after the first couple times watching it and some moments are really really well done. Maybe I’m not Bostonian enough.

  12. I click post too fast. Anyone read the book? This sounds like a really out there story compared to how real Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone’s were.

  13. Ken J,

    No offense bro, but that kind of sentiment is why Hollywood (and the NYC Lit industry) feels compelled to crank out so many crap stories all the time. Because people can’t deal with the bad guy not getting a bullet in the end, not to mention questioning who or what constitutes a “bad guy.”

    If you were Sean Penn’s character, how would you have handled your daughter being brutally murdered in your own childhood neighborhood? Would you have run to the cops, or gotten “justice” for yourself? And if you chose the latter, would that have made you a “bad guy?”

    That’s the great thing about Mystic River. It’s not black and white but filled with a moral grayness that extends to EVERY SINGLE ONE of the characters in it. Even Penn’s character’s wife. Brilliant.

    (And IMO, there is no way to “over dramatize” a parent’s reaction to the the death of their child. That word seems very misapplied in that situation.)

  14. If you say so Kofi, lol.

    @ Paterick

    Definitely has a more supernatural feel to it than the others, but perhaps they will keep it down to earth and let the person’s craziness creep you out more than a supernatural aspect?? Who knows, we’ll have to wait for a trailer, lol.

  15. “And IMO, there is no way to “over dramatize” a parent’s reaction to the the death of their child.”

    Nicely put, Kofi, especially considering your youth and the fact you’re not a parent.

    I can seriously vouch for that statement.


  16. Well it’s not simply a scale of 1 to 10, it’s more to do with how they make the person react. Either way, I think it has more to do with all of the coincidences that made the film’s premise possible and just how Penn’s character came off it was hard to sympathize.

    But again, that’s my opinion. I didn’t like the film, so sue me, contact my lawyer, we’ll take it to court.