Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Shutter island Ending Explained, Movie Review, Mark Ruffalo

‘Shutter Island’ is an everyday classic.

 Martin Scorsese’s near-perfect film is a first-rate production set on a deserted island with all the trappings of a cracker den. Leonardo DiCaprio takes center stage as Marshal Teddy Daniels, who investigates a missing patient at the facility. Mark Ruffalo as partner Chuck Aule, and Ben Kingsley as the chief psychiatrist of the institution. He plays John Cowley. 

 Mr. Scorsese’s polished craftsmanship gives ‘Shutter Island’ a classic black look and feel. The way Mr. Scorsese explores Teddy’s anxiety, regret, and pain also lends itself to a tense thriller.

  For the most part, we are kept in the dark about the truth. Unknowingly, we flow in the opposite direction with Teddy. The twist ending is nothing like what mainstream cinema has to offer, not only in terms of changing the color of the story, but also in terms of changing the viewer’s perception of all the elements of the story. 

 Many directors can’t do this without breaking their rhythm. Mr. Scorsese is in a league of his own, though. This narrator delves into various plot points that need some clarification and of course the ending that keeps us all on our toes.

  Shutter Island Review

  In short, ‘Shutter Island’ is about Andrew Laeddis, a delusional patient who still thinks he’s a US Marshal. Dr. Cawley runs a program at Ashcliffe for mentally ill people with a criminal history. He organizes a great role-play – an experiment – to prove that his method of treating his patients works against the traditional methods of delivering them with intrusive surgery.

  For the fictional world, Rachel Solondo, a fictional patient, was created to invite Teddy to investigate and was reported missing. As a former marshal, he uses his experience and training to conduct a routine process. The movie ends when he learns the truth, but does Cawley get his wish, that’s the real question. Read on to know more!

  Why is Teddy sick at the facility and what is his history?

  As revealed at the lighthouse, Teddy (DiCaprio) is actually Andrew. In fact, it was his wife Dolores (herself a depressed woman) who strangled his three children to death. He had burned down their apartment in the city before. We see flashbacks of the fire that burned him. Teddy returned to find the bodies of his children floating in the lake behind their house. He got angry and killed his wife. Later, he Dr. He became part of Cawley’s practice at Ashcliffe and was admitted to the island.

  The premise of the experiment was that through this role play, Andrew would come to terms with his true identity and come to terms with his actions. The only alternative, if that failed, was a lobotomy. That’s why it’s so important to Cawley.

Rule 4 and Ill. 67

  When Teddy first checks Rachel’s room at the facility, he finds a small piece of paper hidden under the floor. He records its contents, and this is where we first hear of it. It then appears that the mystery surrounding patient 67 is linked to Rachel Solondo. But Cawley clarifies that there are only 66 patients at Ashcliffe, including him. 

 But who was this patient 67?

  He is actually terminally ill. Cawley and Sheehan hoped that when he saw it, Teddy would remember that it was part of his role play. This would prove that the former’s experiment was successful at the time. But Teddy is already inside his past avatar, which he doesn’t realize.

  As for the rule of four, it refers to the four personalities of Teddy, his wife Dolores, and the anagrams of the names he combines in his fantasy. Andrew, Edward, Rachel and Dolores are four. This is yet another clue that Cawley uses in his practice to point Teddy in the right direction. 

Who is the “second” Rachel Solondo?

  The question remains: Who was the person Teddy met in the caves? We see that this name is an anagram for his wife Dolores. Another interesting detail we learned in the rewatch is that Teddy’s daughter is also named Rachel. As the flashbacks reveal, he loved her very much. 

 The second Rachel reveals herself to be the “real” Rachel (played by Patricia Clarkson), a former doctor at the facility. Rachel is forced to change her position every day to stay hidden and survive nightly searches by the authorities. At least, that’s what he tells Teddy.

  He also tells Teddy that the Lighthouse is actually where Ashcliffe doctors performed lobotomies against the patient’s will. All the answers for him will be found there. The tower is a place for Teddy that represents illumination and the revealing power of the truth, which Teddy’s psychological delusions prevent him from acknowledging. The second Rachel is a figment of Teddy’s imagination.

  If you pay close attention, everything he says is what Teddy has said or believed to be true earlier in the movie. There is no new information transmitted by the second Rachel. Cigarette, mind control substance, lighthouse; it all stems from Teddy’s vision of Ashcliffe. Clarkson’s character isn’t real, but her brief cameo certainly added a lot of life to the plot – the first time you watch it.

Bonus Segment: Listing the clues ‘Shutter Island’ gives us about the truth

  This segment is unique because we list all the cases that reveal the truth about Teddy. At first glance, only rare geniuses could see them. Martin Scorsese sprinkles them so flawlessly and creates such a compelling portrait of the film as a thriller that you don’t even dare to think twice.

  Chuck’s failure to remove the gun holster from his belt before they enter adds to the suspense. It was quickly struck down as an honest mistake for both us and Teddy. Next is the lady in the yard – the woman who smiles at them and puts her finger to her lips. It is clear to him that they are playing a game and he has a role to play. They all have to keep up their looks, and she’s no different.



 On rewatch, the first thing that stands out is how Scorsese focuses on the uniformed security guards. Every time they are around Teddy, they draw attention, expecting Teddy to do some crazy thing. They are tense and keep their hands on their guns if something goes wrong. They still see Teddy as a patient with a “violent criminal history.” Even during the initial search on the rocks, the men seem dull and unwilling to work hard for just one patient.  

Teddy and Chuck interview 

  To this end, the scene where Teddy and Chuck interview customers and patients demonstrates the same. In neat, single-profile shots, Mr. Scorsese captures Houdini. Every time Chuck is in the frame, even if he doesn’t speak, there is no bodyguard behind him. Whenever Teddy is in the frame, there are always two people in the background with their hands on rifles. The conversations also give the trick away – almost – to the audience and Teddy himself. The whole scene seems so plastically and ironically well-acted that you feel dumb for not having seen it before.

    He contacts Teddy, writing “run” on the note, while also passing it on to Sheehan while speaking glowingly of her character and behavior.

  When the rain washes the island and a few prisoners escape, it’s time for the mysterious ward. Chuck and Teddy are mostly together, but there is a scene in the middle where the former is called by another guard to take a patient to the hospital. He fires Teddy because he is sick and angry at him for “choking another patient”. Finally, George Noyce. 

The end of Shutter Island explained

That perplexing question and smile make up Shutter Island’s confusing, thrilling ending. By the time we reach the end, Teddy’s descent into madness is almost complete. Scorsese has already played his hand visually, where Teddy looks more like a runaway patient struggling with his illness and afraid to know the truth than a quick-witted influential US marshal.

 Let alone revealing the roleplay, we’ll focus more on what the phrase means. Between that revelation and that one, there’s a time when Teddy regains his sanity. He remembers every detail of his real life. Teddy falls into this loop of going back to his previous life because of how traumatized he is due to Dolores’ actions.

Violent Man

  Teddy is really a violent man, but he tries to avoid what he did and what happened. When he comes to his senses at that moment, he learns that he has become Edward Daniels for the second time. Given his history and his desire to escape who he really is, he thinks it would be harmful to be trapped again.

  Instead, he chooses to “die a good man” (ergo Edward Daniels) rather than continue “living his life like a monster” who killed his wife and indirectly allowed her to kill his children. So she pretends to fall back into the delusional Edward so that he can have a lobotomy so that she doesn’t have to live with the burden of these nightmares anymore. Even his past as a soldier haunts him, making the “violent man” label something for us to ponder.

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