Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

can somebody explain the shutter island plot to me?

i watched it last night but i got really really confused and i was really tired so i fell asleep for a bit, and when i woke up i was even more confused. anybody care to enlighten me? because i have no idea what happened in that movie

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Leonardo DiCaprio's real name is Andrew Laeddis, whose wife killed his children which caused him to go insane, kill his wife and make up a fiction story in his head so he can live his life as a decent person with no guilt. He was checked in the mental institution for 2 years but has no recollection of the events. Then he chooses to take the lobotomy because he wants to die a decent person, than live a monster.

  • 1 decade ago

    In 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), go to the Ashecliff Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island. They are investigating the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient who vanished from a locked room. Dr. John Cawley (Ben Kingsley), the head psychiatrist, explains that Rachel was institutionalized after drowning her three children. She believes, however, that she is still home and that her children are still alive.

    The cliffs surrounding the perimeter make it impossible for Rachel to have reached the nearby caves. Teddy sees a lighthouse but is told it has already been searched. The Marshals question the staff and learn that Rachel’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sheehan, left for vacation that morning. Teddy asks to see the hospital’s personnel files but Cawley refuses.

    That night, Teddy has strange dreams about his wife, Dolores (Michelle Williams), who died in a fire two years before. She tells him Rachel is still on the island, as is Andrew Laeddis, the man who started the fire.

    In the morning, they interview patients from Rachel’s group therapy sessions, one of whom passes Teddy a warning to run. Teddy explains to Chuck the real reason he took the case; after being transferred to Ashecliff, Andrew Laeddis disappeared. When Teddy investigated, he met a former patient who claimed that the facility was performing human experiments.

    Rachel is finally found near the lighthouse but she is unresponsive to Teddy’s questions. Teddy eventually finds George Noyce (Jackie Earle Haley), the man who told him about the experiments. George says that the whole situation is a game for Teddy’s benefit and that he is afraid of being taken to the lighthouse.

    Teddy tries to reach the lighthouse and discovers a cave where the real Rachel Solando (Patricia Clarkson) is hiding. She was a doctor at Ashecliff until she found out about the experiments and was committed as a patient. She explains that the hospital is using psychotropic medication in an attempt to master mind control. She says that Teddy has been drugged since he arrived on the island.

    Teddy finally makes it to the lighthouse and finds Cawley waiting at the top. The doctor reveals the twist ending; Teddy is actually Andrew Laeddis. He murdered his manic depressive wife after she drowned their three children, and then created a fantasy where he was a hero to cope with the pain. He invented Rachel Solando as part of his delusion. He has been under the care of Dr. Sheehan, the man he thought was Chuck, for two years. Sheehan decided to try a roleplay experiment, allowing Andrew to live out his delusions in an attempt to bring him back to reality.

    Andrew’s memory comes back and he makes peace with his past, but he later relapses and Cawley decides to lobotomize him. Andrew asks Dr. Sheehan if he thinks it would be worse to live as a monster or die as a good man, leaving it unclear whether or not he was feigning his delusions

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