What will happen to Teddy Leonardo DiCaprio

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The Big Picture

  • Shutter Island is a dark psychological thriller that hits all the right notes for a noir roller coaster ride.
  • The film’s mood, performances and camerawork received praise, despite mixed reactions to its polarizing ending.
  • The story follows US Marshal Teddy Daniels as he investigates the disappearance of a mental patient, but reveals that Teddy is, in fact, an inmate at the asylum.

For moviegoers looking for a dark and twisted psychological thriller, look no further than Shutter Island. Adapted from Dennis Lehanand the 2003 novel, the 2010 film checks the necessary boxes for a neo-noir roller coaster ride. Remote location? Take a look. An obsessive and paranoid main character? Take a look. Shadow visions and low key lighting? Take a look. The film about a US Marshal investigating the case of a missing mental patient was a hit for the director Martin Scorsesewith praise given for the atmosphere, performances and camera work. Opinions were divided on the film’s polarizing twist endingbut that didn’t stop Shutter Island from being a box office success.


Shutter Island

Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, two US mercenaries, are sent to an asylum on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient, where Teddy discovers a shocking truth about the place.

Release date
February 14, 2010

Martin Scorsese

Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer


Running time

Drama, documentary, mystery, thriller

What is ‘Shutter Island’ about?

Set in 1954, the film is the story of US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he and his partner (Mark Ruffalo) travel to Ashecliffe Hospital for the unwell on remote Shutter Island. Once there, they begin to investigate the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando (Patricia Clarkson), who was sent to Ashecliffe to drown her children. Answers are slow to come, and the only thing found in Rachel’s room is a crying puzzle. But the more Teddy digs into Rachel and Ashecliffe, the more questions he has. Haunted by disturbing dreams, a series of secrets about the facility’s rehabilitation methods, and a massive storm that threatens his progress, Teddy quickly learns that there is more to Ashecliffe, the patients and the doctors what meets the eye.

There is a lot of complicated fun to be had there Shutter Island, especially when the audience is invited to play along with Teddy to solve the mystery of Rachel’s disappearance. All the performances are strong, especially DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley like the mystical psychologist John Cawley, but the real star of the film is the environment. Between the isolated, waterlogged island and Ashecliffe’s many dark prison cells and long, silent corridors, the film practically drips with emotion. Scorsese’s choice of low lighting invites deep shadows that add to the picture as well as the claustrophobic feeling and gloomy feeling that permeates the film. The pacing tends to drag over its 2+ hour running time, but it’s a solid psychological thriller that makes it feel like time well spent.

But how did it all turn out? Did Teddy discover the mystery of Rachel’s disappearance? What does it have to do with his hallucinations? And there is really secrets being kept at Ashecliffe? If you’re wondering how the story ended for our good friend Teddy – including that polarizing twist – let’s break it down.

What really happens in ‘Shutter Island’?

Throughout the film, Teddy suffers a series of delusions and misunderstandings about his wife, Dolores (Michelle Williams), who was killed in a fire set by a man named Andrew Laeddis. As his mental strain grows stronger during his investigation into Rachel’s disappearance, his search takes him beyond the walls of Ashecliffe to the sea cliffs and the ominous Shutter Island lighthouse, just off the coast.

There, he found Dr. Cawley, who unravels the film’s events for the audience, and for Teddy. As Dr Cawley explains, Teddy is Andy Laeddis (anagram of Teddy Edward Daniels’ given name). It turns out that Andy is actually a prisoner at Ashecliffe, and that the events of the film leading up to this point – Cawley letting Andy play the part of Teddy – were designed to his insidiousness stemming from murdering his depressed wife after she drowned their children. at their lake house. To cope, he took on the alter ego of Teddy Daniels.

The charade was very complicated, as the hospital staff (including the nurses and Lester Sheehan, Andrew’s former partner, Chuck) also took part in playing into Andy’s delusion. And his migraines? Withdrawal symptoms without taking his prescribed medication while Cawley and the other doctors let him live out his fantasy. But again against his terrible memories and the reality of reality, Andy faints and wakes up in the hospital with Cawley. Although Andy seems reluctant to accept the truth, Cawley admits that he and the other doctors helped Andy achieve this same sedated state months earlier, though it quickly returned. If he comes back again, Cawley warns, they will have no other choice but to lobby him.

At first, everything seems to be going well with Andy’s progress…but it doesn’t take long for him to start back. He begins to talk about his need to leave the island, noting that he is once again returning beyond his mind and his “Teddy” persona. And just as Cawley had warned, this was really Andy’s last chance. A disappointed Cawley communicates with Ashecliffe’s guardian, and Andy is taken away by the facility’s orders for lobotomization to permanently stop the vicious cycle of guilt and delusion that plagues him.

What happens at the end of ‘Shutter Island’?

chub It’s a very bleak ending, but perhaps not as final as it might first appear. Andy was really lobotomized? The last shot of the film which dwells on the lighthouse where the procedure takes place is very ominous (as is the accompanying score) and seems to indicate how Andy finally worked, but because we don’t see it happen, we don’t know about it. sure

Whether it happened or not (and there could be strong arguments for either), the former may have been exactly what Andy wanted. After all, before he is taken away, he asks Sheehan what he thinks is worse: “To live as a monster, or to die as a good man?” Basically, would he rather continue to live as himself, sane Andrew, but someone who committed a crime by killing his wife, or be lobbied as a fake Teddy, his own imagination that didn’t kill anyone ever? It’s a slightly different ending than the book, but Andy’s question seems to indicate that he might be okay with the procedure since it would erase the memories of the terrible things he did. It seems that peace (with himself and what he has done), not a life of guilt and horrible memories, is his true desire.

Shutter Island make his characters – and viewers – to question what is real and what is imagined, but more importantly, it raises the question of what it really means to be mad. Is it a mental imbalance? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Or maybe it’s the constant pursuit of rising above adversity when everyone is trying to push you down. Whatever we believe, the truth, such as Andrew’s complex emotions and state of mind, is not always so simple.

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