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YMMV: Shutter Island
  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people that go into the movie don't exactly realize it was based on a novel.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Even among those who didn't like the film, almost everybody has agreed that the soundtrack is very good (particularly the scenes that used a Mahler piece and in Teddy's first dream).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dr. Naehring arguing in favor of leaving the patients shackled to the floor to potentially drown. Quite probably an intentional Kick the Dog moment to solidify his image as a mad Nazi doctor in Teddy's Andrew's imagination.
  • Narm:
    • The opening theme can be a little over the top, especially when all that's happening is a boat approaching an island. Oh no... waves! DUN DUN DUN!!!!
      • And then it arguably turns into full-blown Nightmare Fuel when it plays over the shot of the lighthouse at the very end of the film.
    • "Marshall...you have no friends"
    • A likely intentional example here: When Teddy and Chuck enter Ward C, the atmosphere is quiet and intense, a look of solemn determination across Teddy's face. All of a sudden, "Tag! You're it!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: The cliff covered in rats.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The inmates interrogated by Teddy give one hell of a performance, particularly Jackie Earle Haley.
    • In the one scene in which he has any dialogue, Ted Levine delivers a gripping Character Filibuster on how violence is a gift from God (which arguably doubles as some variant of "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Teddy/Andrew about what the warden sees as the inevitability of his lobotomization)..
  • Paranoia Fuel: The imagined Rachel says that in fifty years the Ghost project will be operational. The book takes place in 1954. It was published in 2003. Subverted. There is no Ghost project.
    • That We know of anyway

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