The Ending Of Shutter Island Finally Explained

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Martin Scorsese wasn’t kidding when he said that his neo-noir psychological thriller Shutter Island would be twice as profitable because moviegoers would have to see it again just to understand the ending. Even a second viewing of the pic can still leave audiences confused about what was actually happening to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, though. So, let’s walk through what went down on that stormy island and see if we can make sense of this enigmatic movie experience. And of course, there are spoilers ahead…

Finding the truth | 0:25
Another reality | 2:09
Choosing an out | 3:25

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  • What other movie endings should we breakdown next?

    Looper July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • I seriously thought that He was just playing along at last when Chuck came n he nodded at the doc , n then he'd kill all the officials n leave the island but I guess I was played !

    Catty K July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Ok but if he was sane, how could the doctors possibly know about his dreams to create this false story?

    Jero F July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Is it only me because I didn't understand a thing. Rather I am more confused now!

    AKSHAY July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • If i watched it again . I'm sure I need to admit to mental hospital.

    Rahul Waghmare July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • The movie is the most confusing thing I have watched the ending actually made a lot more sense than the actual movie

    Dev Patel July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Sounds like some people reading too much into the movie, besides his wife was bleeding from a gut shot in the scene before the ash

    Michael Willis July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • After watching the movie and the theory ,I still dont get it which is true or false .. and I realize brainwash can be really dangerous

    potato lord July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • “The law of 4,I love that” Spoken by a suit sitting around the table with other suits drinking scotch.

    Mapleheads July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • This is all next level insane !!!!!!!

    Dnyanda Tathod July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Glad to know I'm not the only one feeling insane after trying to make sense of the movie.

    Ali Jav July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • andrew was sane in the end and chose to deliberately say all those things to sheehan so that he can escape living rest of his life with the pain of him murdering his wife. that is why doesnt react to sheehan calling him teddy in the end as his intent to be lobotomized is clear.

    Chitransh Patel July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • haha the simplest way to explain it is by not trying to

    LSG July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Okay so according to me
    Teddy actually knows some secret about shutter Island and something fishy is going on. And he also knows that andrew laeddis is there. So he volunteer to go there. Since this whole Island is run by government they try to eliminate any kind of distraction that would cause trouble to their program which is the island. So they place chuck as teddy's partner who is an actual doctor or government ajent or ajent of shutter Island because he offers teddy cigrettes on the ferry and says something like government people easily steals your stuff or something! And offers his own cigrettes which are drugged. According to me story of rachel is actually true. That she was a nurse and the whole thing of her being lost was setup by the island because she too knew something and was potential gonna expose the whole experiment. Teddy was being drugged and wasn't mad can be proved when the lady writes run only when chuck leaves the table because she knew he's a doctor. And the 67th inmate isn't actually Andrew leaddis but the person teddy talks with whos locked in the cell. And teddy decides to get killed because in the caves Rachel tells him no matter what you do once you have been declared mad no one's gonna believe you.

    Ameya Pawaskar July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • I’m still lost .

    Jim Morgan July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • I've watched the movie three times and didn't get the ending.
    But after watching this I thought I need to watch movie 6 times more to understand this atleast.

    BTW thanks for making it more confusion.

    A V July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • One key scene that no one is talking about is when the lady waited for "chuck" to get her water and warned him to run. This isnt compatible with the theory that everyone is part of the role play to help DeCaprio recover.

    tumbi97 July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • i might have to make a video that actually explains what is happening in this movie. It's only unclear because people are too easily lead down the paths they are encouraged to . Key moments of the movie are never mentioned and they prove quite clearly what is happening here. The movie starts after his surgery which is all explained. He has a mixture of real memories and implanted ones and it the whole island is designed to make him accept the reality they created in his mind. How is this hard to see? If it was to change his mind back then why would the military be so interested. Who else still thinks this movie is a mystery?

    Abstract Productionz July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • I swear this mans voice is so iconic

    Austinc04 July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Movie story of mad man fighting for his life. 👍🏻

    Anjie July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Is this video regarding shutter Island staring Leonardo DiCaprio

    supriya sidagam July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Great movie!

    JRT 4JUSTICE July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • So like… that cave scene with Rachel was all fake? He was hallucinating then? Why did that one woman patient they were interrogating say run when chuck was getting her a water? George noyce conversation was fake too? About all the conspiracies about this place? This place doesn't conduct all those experiments that cave rachel said? At the end why did they roleplay that teddy-chuck thing when he already came clean to everything he did?

    Scayron July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • One of the best movies ever

    Uinda Kapaj July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • If you are confused, and ever see that bald guy or Bruce banner offering you drugs or snacks,
    just remember to run away and live in a cave!

    That's the only option to live a normal life, at least it is better than lockdown

    WILD WEBX July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • This movie makes me want to become a psychiatrist!

    Racetofindglitches July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • I watched this movie only once and concluded this:

    Leo was mentally ill and hallucinating the whole time to escape reality. He did in fact kill his wife, when she became mad and killed their children. At the end doctors were successful and cured him of his mental illness, but the reality he came face to face was so horrible, that he couldn't handle it and chose to lobotomize himself by pretended he was still sick. Definitely one of the saddest movie endings I've ever seen, it haunted me for a while. 🙁

    Phantomonum July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • 2:50… As you see here, he is nearly death already but still part of his emotions there…. And making sad stories on and off….

    Chong Chapman July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • teddy was Edward Daniel or Andrew Laedise can any clear to me…..???????????

    Interesting World July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • This is a great movie indeed, you just have to watch it paying more focus., all answers aree there!

    prajwal rangari July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Teddy killed his three kids and his wife. Next explanation?

    Maxx Weber July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • So many anagrams shutter Island – shut her island – shot her island

    Ann Jones July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Even Chuck Aule – chuckle

    Ann Jones July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • One weird thing I noticed watching the film. When he met solanzo there is a scene when she wakes him up in the cave and it's not from teddy's perspective. Which is weird cause it implies that she indeed was there to wake him up. Dunno on purpose or a filming mistake? And something else. Did you notice that whenever he sees his "children" he is only emphasizing on the girl? I mean cmon even if he had a preference as a parent his kids were drowned and only cared for the one??. Also the lighthouse at the start of the film is different than the lighthouse we see. I saw the movie again and it seems they want to make you think that it's pretty obvious that he is insane. But some things don't add up. Wish we knew….

    vasilis vks July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • ok someone help me what does a lobotmy do

    Sara El Ayyat July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • I don’t think he was ever in the war, and here is why. Dachau was liberated in the spring and there wasn’t snow on the ground, his uniform and the uniforms of other soldiers lack any shoulder insignia which is odd. I’m inclined to think these are conscious choices showing that his “service” was constructed through viewing newsreels instead of an oversight to historical accuracy because they include them riding into the hospital on a Dodge WC 52 which is a correct vehicle that were bought as surplus by mental hospitals after WWII

    John Beauvais July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • I think its all andrews' imaginations because there isn't a single scene in the movie without his presence.

    Aman Rana July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply
  • Martin Scorsese should come explain this shit

    Bandile Simelane July 1, 2020 5:54 pm Reply

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