Groucho Reviews: Shutter Island
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He's a patient in a mental hospital who's been encouraged by his psychiatrist to act out his delusion in the hope that this will dispel it. The role play fails: The film's been described as faithful to the bookand many cinemagoers seem to have assumed that it's telling the same story.
Leonardo DiCaprio's Teddy does indeed turn out to be Andrew. However, before he falls into the clutches of the lobotomists, he utters a line that isn't in the book. Others, however, take it as meaning that Andrew's only faking his relapse. His unusual treatment's made him aware of the terrible thing he's done: These two versions of what the film means could hardly be more at odds.
Yet Scorsese hasn't chosen to indicate which is the right one. Perhaps the latter isn't sure himself. He found his role traumatisingand told an interviewer: Sadly, even he doesn't seem wholly certain: When pushed, he tries to reconcile DiCaprio's gnomic inquiry with his own original story.
It's just one moment of sanity mixed in the midst of all the other delusions. On a visit to the location where most of the film was shot, the now-abandoned Medfield state hospital in Massachusetts, I asked the professor what was really supposed to be happening.
His answer was clear cut. Andrew does indeed choose his fate.
According to Gilligan, those cryptic last words mean: I'm not going to actually commit suicide, but I'm going to vicariously commit suicide by handing myself over to these people who're going to lobotomise me. If treatment returns them to their senses, guilt may then overwhelm them. For Gilligan, the correct reading is important. Shutter Island is set in the s. During that era, severe mental disturbances were often dealt with physically.
People read into things all kinds of ways - but you should have concrete evidence from the source material to back those theories.
Here is a list of some things that people who believe Shutter Island was an evil government lab, or that Teddy Daniels was sane and got "tricked" in the end, should keep in mind: When the film opens, "Teddy" is on a boat headed for Shutter Island the boat is real, by the way.
As for when Teddy "resets" his memory?
I'll admit it's a bit of a plot hole. In the lighthouse, Dr. Cawley tells Andrew that he is seeing things and feeling body tremors because of "withdraw.
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Cawley and Sheehan take Andrew off his meds for the role play experiment, in order to help him break through to reality. As the film goes on, Teddy begins to have more vivid hallucinations while he's awake - his meds were meant to suppress that type of psychosis, not inspire it.
Going off the meds is what makes him go so nuts later in the film. If you watch closely, every time Teddy is around fire - the matches he lights in Ward C, the fire in the cave with "Dr.
Solando" and when he blows up Dr. Cawley's car near the end - he suffers some sort of hallucination. Fire is the symbol of Andrew's fantasy world, while water the opposite of fire is the symbol of the reality of what happened to him.
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So that cave scene with "Dr. The whole "government mind control operation" is a red-herring Andrew Laeddis invents for his fantasy. It allows him to explain to himself over and over why he is at Shutter Island investigating a conspiracy and allows him to demonize the doctors and staff as threats or conspirators.
The goal of Dr. Sheehan's role play is to allow Andrew to see for himself how impossible and absurd his conspiracy theory is by actually letting him investigate it to its end. That's why nothing is in lighthouse at the end The hurricane is real. It's just Boston weather and a cinematic throwback to old pulp Noir movies like Key Largo.
Noyce was a "repeat offender" who ended up back on Shutter Island and fed Andrew conspiracy theories for his fantasy.Shutter Island
One day Noyce called "Teddy" by his real name, Laeddis, causing a psychotic outburst where Andrew beat him up.