Oscar Contender Assets: Poster for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’

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The poster for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island has just debuted online over at Yahoo featuring the rather cheesy tagline “Someone is missing.”

Many have already wondered why I haven’t included Scorsese’s film based on the Dennis Lehane novel as any kind of serious Oscar contender all while I do include it in my “The Contenders” section, and the truth of it is I just don’t have a lot of faith in the story the film is based on. The ending, I thought, was rather weak and something that didn’t work much at all in the book and fear it will come off even worse in movie form. Of course, this is still Scorsese we are talking about and I have plenty of respect for his work and look forward to any film he is directing, so my fingers are crossed and I hope I am wrong. After all, I am still calling this one an Oscar contender.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as a pair of U.S. Marshalls who travel to the eponymous Massachusetts island in 1954. As they investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, they encounter a web of lies, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.

I added the first trailer to this post, but you can look at it in a little larger form right here. The film opens on October 2.

Photo: Paramount Pictures