All of this Shutter Island business today has me thinking about one of the ’80s most-treated-like-a-Posturepedic films, Alan Parker’s great Angel Heart (starring Mickey Rourke alongside smaller turns from Lisa Bonet and Bobby De Niro). Why? Because Angel Heart is the closest film in tone to Shutter Island that I can think of. Both center around an emotionally-scarred suthority figure trying to find a missing criminal.
Angel Heart is a real nightmarish mystery, packing an endgame twist that I myself was able to predict early into the story, yet calling the punch early didn’t hurt my enjoyment at all. That’s one of the few times I can say such a thing about a movie that telegraphs its climax.
Angel Heart is also notable because it includes one of the best ending credits sequences around, the ultimate unhappy ending that works so well because it’s the most logical and fitting conclusion to everything that has previously happened to Rourke’s character, detective “Harry Angel.” The film is also one of Rourke’s all-time shining moments as an actor.
After the jump, an especially-wonderful scene from the film….a great bit of dialogue exchange between Rourke and De Niro: