SHUTTER ISLAND (2010) Ending Explained + Analysis

  • Published on Jul 20, 2018
  • Investigating the many twists and mysterious of the noir horror film SHUTTER ISLAND starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Learn all about the complicated story, hidden clues, and explaining the devastating ending.
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  • Steffen Nielsen
    Steffen Nielsen 11 hours ago

    The opposite of crazy - is still crazy.

  • HabibiReviews
    HabibiReviews Day ago

    legendary analysis and great movie

  • James Thomison
    James Thomison Day ago

    what was with the significance of the lighthouse in the final shot?

  • CauseI'm everywhereHoney

    I watched this when I was in high school and until now this is still one of my favorite movie.

  • tannya
    tannya 3 days ago

    Leonardo's character was completely sane he was the marshal and he was there to investigate something sinister going on the island .... however the authorities also knew what his plan was so they carefully crafted and elaborated plan so that they can make him believe he is Andrew or a monster and probably lock him for rest his life..... thats why they created a fake story , gave him a new partner, make him believe same partner died and brought him again to emotionally crumble his sanity.... they also were introducing drugs in his system even since he was on boat .. thats why he couldn't find his own cigarettes and had to always borrow from others... the rachel in caves aptly says it " once u r declared insane ... nobody believes u anymore and all ur actions are labelled as part of ur insanity ... thats what happens ... once the doctor revealed a story we audiences accept he was insane all along...
    The last scene where he says " about living like a monster or dying like a good man " basically referes to authorities plan where they will fool others into believing he is a caged moster or he will fight and may die in process but will not submit to the ulterior motives of island doctors...

  • Stormy Pinkness
    Stormy Pinkness 4 days ago

    He's such a pre-pubescent looking lollipop head...

  • Spencer Fernando Lebotse

    I think it actually worked but Andy couldn't live with the trauma. He chose to die as a good man.

  • Miguel Gutierrez
    Miguel Gutierrez 5 days ago

    Truly a gruesome movie.....

  • Alex M
    Alex M 6 days ago +2

    Everyone is missing one of the biggest clues that he got cured, the final scene when he asked “is it was better to live as a monster or die a good man”,, he looked right at the fire in mark ruffalos hand as he lit the cig, instead of covering the top or avoiding looking at it, and knew the orderlies were coming for him and with no hesitation just walked up to them.

  • Lipaz Dotan
    Lipaz Dotan 7 days ago

    That was the part which confused me. This whole charade was actually encouraged by the staff? did he even come in this Ferry at all and accompanied by Sheenan or was he imagining it all?

  • icy star
    icy star 11 days ago

    That last line of Andrew always gets me. 😭

  • king jufu
    king jufu 11 days ago

    You forgot to mention that the storm was a complete fiction/hallucination. Cawley points to it being a fiction during his breakthrough with Andrew in the lighthouse. He says something of the sort "I've heard it a hundred times, your partner Chuck, the conspiracy, Rachel, *the storm* ". There's a storm in his fiction because of his fear of water. We have proof that the storm was fictitious in the last scene: look around the asylum's grounds. Not one leaf anywhere. No sign that it had rained, stormed, no branches, NOT ONE. And this is presumably only 48 hours after a storm that characters were comparing to a hurricane. It's also completely sunny outside. Not one time was the sun shining brightly in this film until now. The storm didn't happen.

  • Lorik Ibraimi
    Lorik Ibraimi 15 days ago +1

    Am i the only one that guessed the twist from the beggining? But the woman in the cave made me doubt it...

  • Mat O'Flynn
    Mat O'Flynn 16 days ago +1

    This was exceptionally well explained.

  • johnnyolchap
    johnnyolchap 16 days ago

    why does this guy do that annoying repetitive phrasing every sentence? like he’s trying to be informative but he doesn’t sound natural, he does it every single sentence

  • vj dc
    vj dc 17 days ago +1

    That scene broke my heart.. seeing all his children dead 😭

  • David Alexandrovitch
    David Alexandrovitch 18 days ago

    Leo is what Cage dreams to be.

  • ᴀ ʀᴇᴛᴀʀᴅᴇᴅ ᴇʟꜰ

    This was the best movie of all time, glad I didnt get the ending spoiled. The ending all made sense and wow

  • OverthinkGenius
    OverthinkGenius 20 days ago

    What if...just what if he is sane after all and the hospital is playing the biggest plot. Twist inside a twist

  • RumikoOne
    RumikoOne 21 day ago

    How did i not notice the water glass disappear..

  • Jay Mel
    Jay Mel 21 day ago +7

    "Doctor" Freeman, the guy who traveled in his "lobotomobile" was absolutely not a doctor. He was friends with a doctor. Once the actual doctor found out what Freeman was doing, using an ice pick, he completely dropped him. Freeman was an honorary doctor. Won a Nobel Prize for killing so many people. JK Kennedy's sister was lobotomized, foj....being a rebellious daughter. She was institutionalized and basically had the mind of a two year old.

  • VaMa
    VaMa 22 days ago

    daKau btw

  • alexis ditren
    alexis ditren 23 days ago

    Lowkey used this as a source for my psych paper over a mental disorder portrayed in popular media.

  • M.K.D.
    M.K.D. 23 days ago +3

    This movie is very well written. The end of the story could be interpreted in two ways
    1: Andrew is mentally insane. He killed his wife and had a mental break. He could not except reality and thus had to remain on the island indefinitely.
    2: Teddy never killed his wife. Teddy was never mentally insane. Everything that Delores said in the cave is true. Teddy gets his mind wiped in the lighthouse and lives the rest of his days out on the island, trapped there by the doctors so that he would not tell the world the truth.
    I personally believe that Andrew truly is insane. But the amazing way this story is written makes it so that you can look at it two different ways.

  • RCPMusic
    RCPMusic 24 days ago

    Perfect analysis

  • Grimmy 777
    Grimmy 777 24 days ago +1

    Here's my argument :
    The Boat: How the fuck did Teddy get on the boat if this is all an elaborate scheme to bring him back?
    The use of water: Every scene with water makes him ill, or some revelation about how the Asylum is evil comes to play, when he's in the cells talking to George, his wife is wet and there's a significant amount of blue in the scene, he tells Teddy "Don't listen to her" and "This is all for you" telling him that his illusions are results of the drugs he's being given, at they are not real, neither is their lies. Remember the woman who tells Teddy to run, asks for water and DOESNT EVEN DRINK IT, signifying that there its all a lie, there is no glass, its all fake.
    The fire: Every scene with fire is the truth, the matches, the fire in the cave, his wifes death, George, etc etc, this is because his wife did die in the fire and not the water.
    Ruffalo and the drugs: Pretty self explanatory, Ruffalo isn't a detective, he is the Asylums doctor and is trying to rope Teddy in, think about the cigarette at the edge of the cliff, pretty coincidental, the jacket in the water, they are trying to make Teddy mad by pretending he had no partner, that he was the doctor all along,hence the apparent cliff death.
    His kids: Teddy had no kids, the kids we see, the fake Rachel with the black hair, were from the concentration camp he saw when he was a soldier, they were a dead family, and the asylum used that to pretend he had a family, remember what Real Rachel said in the cave, they try to find a past incident of trauma in your life and use it against you. He also says at the end he had no kids.
    At the end: Teddy does not seem Crazy AT ALL, infact he seems completely normal, kind of strange considering he's some wacky lunatic that killed his wife. No, he's aware he's never leaving the island, he can't escape, so he fools everyone in thinking he's hopeless, by telling them he's Andrew, then he's Teddy again, so he becomes Lobotimized and rids himself of the nightmare. Live a monster speech. Last scene is of the Lighthouse after they have taken him away. Because that IS where they do experiments on people. Think about it, ITS THE LAST SCENE of the movie, if he IS crazy why not end it sooner? Why is it ambiguous if it's common knowledge?
    Inconsistencies with their so called "Role play" : This whole so called scheme to make him realise what he has done relies on ridiculous principals, trusting a lunatic to roam free around the grounds with past violent tendancies as they say, interviewing other patients, when they would surely give up his identity to him, if he was Andrew, they are mental, how could you trust them not to? Withdrawal from his meds? BULLSHIT, that's such a lie, he had the migraines because they were giving him the drugs, the shaking too, pill withdrawal does not make you shake like that. Him on the boat? He could jump off and escape easily if he suddenly snapped out of it and realised who he was. No, no no no it makes no sense this plan, they don't do it for any of the other patients but him? HUH? Why? That makes no sense.
    Teddy is innocent, they are trying to make him mad so he doesn't blow the lid off their operations (Also Nazis) think about Scorcesse, he is a master of film, it's too easy to just give away the ending with some BS explanations and monologues, think about it.

  • Cory Brown
    Cory Brown 24 days ago

    do you think, if he never went crazy, he would’ve gone to jail for shooting his wife?

  • Tin Man
    Tin Man 29 days ago

    One thing people noted was the Dachau scene showed snow and frozen bodies. But Dachau was liberated in late April 1945 when there shouldn't have been any snow or cold weather.

  • yash budwal
    yash budwal 29 days ago

    The best dicaprio movie

  • warantew993
    warantew993 Month ago

    Something i noticed now rewatching this video, at 22:34 the doctor shifts on the stairs and his facial expression seems to indicate that something just occured to him, maybe he realised at that point that the treatment stuck but Andrew choose to go through with a lobotomy as to not have to live with what he did

  • LaDonna Louise
    LaDonna Louise Month ago

    how about when they pull her "TWO SETS OF SHOES " out of the wardrobe and they are MEN"S SHOES IN A MAN"S SIZE?

  • Chris lolno
    Chris lolno Month ago

    the writers not saying whether or not the therapy worked is so fucking stupid leaving a movie completely without a true ending is something that rubs me the wrong way its such a cheap ass lazy way to end a story hahahahaha we will leave it on a cliff hangar then never say becuase its "up to the watcher to decide" No fucking tell us the ending its such a fucking cop out.

  • J T
    J T Month ago +2

    I really wanna believe that the whole thing was really just an elaborate conspiracy to make Teddy believe he was insane but damn 🤔

  • JDMCrave
    JDMCrave Month ago

    Leo needs another movie like this and Inception

  • Son Ukog
    Son Ukog Month ago

    Sillent Hill Revelation blocked in my country... that's racist...

  • Pasta Pasta
    Pasta Pasta Month ago +2

    Why does this video exist when the movie literally explained itself at the end

  • Grape Eggplant
    Grape Eggplant Month ago +1

    This is still to this day one of my favorite movies of all time.

  • Brandon Sutton
    Brandon Sutton Month ago

    That quote at the end made it absolute for me that he CHOSE to be lobotomized. Such a great movie.

  • Big Boss
    Big Boss Month ago +1

    My great uncle actually helped take down the concentration camp Dachau in world war 2

  • joey c
    joey c Month ago

    one for secret window 🙏

  • Bjbu Njk
    Bjbu Njk Month ago


  • M Elizabeth
    M Elizabeth Month ago

    I watched this film for the first time today (I know I'm bad/late) and it is amazing. I figured out he was delusional but I didn't figure out the twist, I was mindfucked. 10/10 film, I needed a good watch after the letdown that was IT chapter 2. I'm gonna have this on my mind for a while now.

  • Jayda Akanni
    Jayda Akanni Month ago

    The experiment was somewhat of a success. A lot of hard work just gone up in smoke.

  • Jayda Akanni
    Jayda Akanni Month ago +2

    After Leo's character said his final words, couldn't the doctor just turn back around and be like this guy might be sane??!😳

  • Gabriel Elbourne
    Gabriel Elbourne Month ago

    This was ah beautiful movie

  • Liam Nishime
    Liam Nishime Month ago

    I fell asleep watching this movie twice, only now do I finally understand the movie. Thank you found flix.

  • wolfen244
    wolfen244 Month ago

    Sad but true.

  • sunny4lady
    sunny4lady Month ago +1

    Very good analysis :-) Your whole analysis is exactly the same as the way I analysed the movie and how I personally understood it.

  • Ron B
    Ron B Month ago +42

    Mrs. Kearns writes "run" on the paper she slips to Teddy because she knows he has an opportunity to escape while they're doing the whole role play experiment. It's also why she sounds "coached" about what to tell Teddy - she has been. As for the conspiracy about why Mrs. Kearns' hand is empty when she goes to drink the water Chuck brings...she's crazy, let's not forget that. I doubt it was an error in editing.
    Shush lady 🤫
    The creepy lady in the yard at the beginning of the film does the "shush" motion at Teddy because she knows him, knows that she's playing a game and has been instructed not to spoil it. She's a crazy lady enjoying a game, that's all.
    Pay attention to the staff interview scene. When Teddy and Chuck interview the nurses and orderlies it's easy to see just how ridiculous the staff finds the interview. One nurse says something about how 'far from normal' their jobs are - she's making an ironic joke because she's talking to a lunatic dressed as a cop. In that scene, the staff are also not too enthused about the role play, and Dr. Sheehan / Chuck pushes them to answer Teddy's questions. You'll see what I mean.
    When Teddy reveals to Dr. Naehring that he's figured out the patient 67 riddle during a staff meeting, Naehring says "What are they doing here?" He's genuinely annoyed that Dr. Cawley is letting Teddy/Andrew roam so freely.

    In Ward C Teddy is accosted by a loose prisoner and nearly strangles that prisoner to death. "Chuck" and a guard show up and drag the strangled man away. The guard tells Teddy that he can't come along to the infirmary, while mumbling about how much trouble he's going to be in - for letting a patient strangle another patient.
    Watch the guards throughout the film. They get extremely edgy whenever "Teddy" is around, and clutch their guns a little tighter. This is especially true at the beginning when "The Marshals" come to the island. It's because the guards know Teddy is a lunatic and they're not exactly thrilled about the role play experiment. It's also why they are less than enthused about looking for a Rachel Solando who doesn't exist down by the ocean rocks.

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    • LeSteff
      LeSteff 29 days ago +2

      The glass of water was invisible because Andrew was so afraid of water that he blocked it from his mind. He only sees the glass when there's no water in it

    • erykah kindred
      erykah kindred 29 days ago +1

      Thank you cause I watched this video to better understand and was still confused about different parts. You cleared up all my questions.

    DJ DA VINCI Month ago

    Masterpiece ❤️

  • Raheem
    Raheem Month ago

    Simple, some men ain't built with a stable mind, and crumble when something traumatic occurs. It's called mental stability.

  • Dawn Cantagallo
    Dawn Cantagallo Month ago

    I love this film !! Thank you,dude

  • LeaveNoClue
    LeaveNoClue Month ago

    Ending explained or whole movie explained 🧐

  • Scruff Looking Nerve Hurter

    Oh damn, FoundFlix got the gun show out

  • Furkan Bozdag
    Furkan Bozdag Month ago

    I finished watching it for the first time a couple of days ago it was fucking Amazing

  • Mr.Johnny_Raincloud
    Mr.Johnny_Raincloud Month ago +2

    Dicaprio is such a fantastic actor.

  • Phil Pacific
    Phil Pacific Month ago

    the dead children are fantasies.

  • 2buxaslice
    2buxaslice Month ago

    This movie was great but from the very first time I saw the trailer I guessed that Leo would be a patient in a twist ending. So it was kind of a let down that I was right. Still good though.

  • beth mcbrien
    beth mcbrien Month ago

    Andrew is our moral compass yet we can’t actually trust that anything he does or says is real. How can we be sure of anything in this movie? Who was really sane?

  • William Bird
    William Bird Month ago

    I think the movie would've been ALOT creepier if they threw in the fact that the hospital REALLY WAS EXPERIMENTING ON ANDREW! (Actually kidnapping people from select positions in society to test the effects of psychotropics, finally ending with Andrew's lobotomy).
    The rest of the film could've stayed exactly the same, IMHO.