History Film / ShutterIsland

7th Dec '17 1:12:09 PM fearlessnikki
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* AndYouWereThere: It's revealed towards the end that [[spoiler: the 'Rachel Solando' Teddy was looking for (played by Emily Mortimer) is another nurse at the hospital]].



** Michelle Williams's portrayal of Dolores is said by her to be a nod to Julie Harris in ''Film/TheHaunting1963''.



* NietzscheWannabe: The Warden.
** Although [[spoiler: considering that by the point in the movie where we first meet the warden was when Andrew was coming off the Chlorazapine and [[UnreliableNarrator obviously hallucinating]], we don't really know if that conversation actually happened or was [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness simply a part of Andrew's delusion]].]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: he could just be venting his frustrations with the guy he's talking to, who is the most violent and dangerous patient he's ever had to deal with.]]

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* NietzscheWannabe: The Warden.
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Warden. Although [[spoiler: considering that by the point in the movie where we first meet the warden was when Andrew was coming off the Chlorazapine and [[UnreliableNarrator obviously hallucinating]], we don't really know if that conversation actually happened or was [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness simply a part of Andrew's delusion]].]]
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]] Not to mention [[spoiler: he could just be venting his frustrations with the guy he's talking to, who is the most violent and dangerous patient he's ever had to deal with.]]



* OneDialogueTwoConversations: [[spoiler:As we later learn, Laeddis' delusions led him to completely misunderstand what George Noyce was talking about.]]

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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: TheOphelia: Dolores appears in Teddy's imaginations like this. Michelle Williams claims she took inspiration from ''Film/TheHaunting1963'' - where Eleanor is also an example of this.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations:
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[[spoiler:As we later learn, Laeddis' delusions led him to completely misunderstand what George Noyce was talking about.]]



* TwistEnding: A truly nasty one, too.

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* TwistEnding: A truly nasty one, too. [[spoiler: Teddy is a patient at Shutter Island. Rachel's backstory is partially ''his'' - after his wife drowned their three children, and he shot her in response]].
4th Sep '17 8:02:47 AM JustTroper
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* {{Mockspiracy}}: [[spoiler:US Marshall Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from the remote mental clinic, Ashecliffe Hospital. As the investigation continues, he finds that the hospital staff are hiding something from him, and suspects that the head doctor is conducting horrible experiments on unwilling patients. In reality, "Teddy Daniels" is actually Andrew Laeddis, a patient at that same hospital. The only experiment happening is the doctors indulging Laeddis's delusions of investigating a conspiracy, in hopes that Laeddis would realize the truth and be cured after his fantasy played out to the end.]]
13th Jul '17 10:10:07 PM Sharlee
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* DrPsychPatient: [[spoiler: Inverted, in that it's the ''protagonist'' who turns out to be a delusional patient, not the people he meets at the asylum.]]
26th May '17 2:07:23 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* EpiphanyTherapy: Cruelly Subverted. [[spoiler:As of the end of the film, Dr. Cawley has gotten Teddy/Andrew to snap out of his madness twice. Neither time stuck. The movie ending somewhat suggests that Andrew is really cured, but is so guilt ridden about what he had done that he pretends to have regressed back to the Teddy Daniels fantasy so they will lobotomize him, and his last line in particular implies that he knows.]]

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* EpiphanyTherapy: Cruelly Subverted. [[spoiler:As of the end of the film, Dr. Cawley has gotten Teddy/Andrew to snap out of his madness twice. Neither time stuck. The movie ending somewhat suggests that Andrew is really cured, but is so guilt ridden about what he had done that he pretends to have regressed back to the Teddy Daniels fantasy so they will lobotomize him, and his last line in particular implies that he knows.]]
13th Apr '17 7:51:46 PM pokedude10
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* PapaWolf: [[spoiler: Laeddis kills his wife after she goes AxCrazy and murders their children.]]



* PapaWolf: [[spoiler: Laeddis kills his wife after she goes AxCrazy and murders their children.]]

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* PapaWolf: PrefersTheIllusion: While it appears that the doctor's efforts at curing [[spoiler: Laeddis kills the main character]] of his wife after she goes AxCrazy massive defensive delusions have ultimately failed, the final line may imply that it didn't fail. Instead, he deliberately maintained the act [[spoiler: in order to be lobotomized, and murders their children.]]forget everything ''anyway.'']]
23rd Jan '17 5:58:13 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ShellShockedVeteran: Teddy served in Europe during World War II and took part in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. The whole experience, especially the horrors he witnessed in Dachau took quite their toll on his psyche and drove him to become TheAlcoholic for quite a while after he returned from service. [[spoiler:What exactly happened during the liberation of Dachau are put a bit into question after TheReveal that Teddy is actually Andrew, but it is clear that whatever it was, it undeniably made quite the impression on Andrew, seeing how horrifying Nazi experiments form a central part of his delusion.]]

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Teddy served in Europe during World War II and took part in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. The whole experience, especially the horrors he witnessed in Dachau took quite their toll on his psyche and drove him to become TheAlcoholic for quite a while after he returned from service. [[spoiler:What exactly happened during the liberation of Dachau are put a bit into question after TheReveal that Teddy is actually Andrew, but it is clear that whatever it was, it undeniably made quite the impression on Andrew, seeing how horrifying Nazi experiments form a central part of his delusion.]]
23rd Jan '17 5:54:44 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ShellShockedVeteran: Teddy served in Europe during World War II and took part in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. The whole experience, especially the horrors he witnessed in Dachau took quite their toll on his psyche and drove him to become TheAlcoholic for quite a while after he returned from service. [[spoiler:What exactly happened during the liberation of Dachau are put a bit into question after TheReveal that Teddy is actually Andrew, but it is clear that whatever it was, it undeniably made quite the impression on Andrew, seeing how horrifying Nazi experiments form a central part of his delusion.]]
22nd Jan '17 1:33:04 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Andrew's wife, Dolores, killed their three children as a result of her psychosis. It forms a central part of Andrew's guilt complex and resulting delusions, as he very much blames himself for their deaths as he believes that he could have prevented the whole if he only had paid more attention to Dolores' deteriorating sanity.]]

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* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Andrew's wife, Dolores, killed their three children as a result of her psychosis. It forms a central part of Andrew's guilt complex and resulting delusions, as he very much blames himself for their deaths as he believes that he could have prevented the whole thing if he only had paid more attention to Dolores' deteriorating sanity.sanity and gotten her professional help in time.]]
22nd Jan '17 1:32:09 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:It turns out Teddy Daniels and the investigation is a fake persona created by Andrew Laeddis to hide the truth that he murdered his mentally ill wife after she murdered their children. As a patient, Laeddis has been living a fake reality to run away from the truth. In the end, he continues to act delusional and decides that he would rather be lobotomized, in his words, "die a good man" rather than continue to "live as a monster".]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:It turns out Teddy Daniels and the investigation is a fake persona created by Andrew Laeddis to hide the truth that he murdered his mentally ill wife after she murdered their children. As a patient, Laeddis has been living a fake reality to run away from the truth. In the end, he continues pretends to act delusional and have regressed as he decides that he would rather be lobotomized, in his words, "die a good man" rather than continue to "live as a monster".]]
22nd Jan '17 1:31:20 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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--> [spoiler:"It's about you and Laeddis. That's all it's ever been about", implying that "it" was about Daniels vs. Laeddis]]\\
As opposed to: [[spoiler:"It's about you. And, Laeddis, that's all it's ever been about", implying that Daniels ''is'' Laeddis and everything was focused around him.]]

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--> [spoiler:"It's ** [[spoiler:"It's about you and Laeddis. That's all it's ever been about", implying that "it" was about Daniels vs. Laeddis]]\\
As
Laeddis]], as opposed to: [[spoiler:"It's about you. And, Laeddis, that's all it's ever been about", implying that Daniels ''is'' Laeddis and everything was focused around him.]]
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