SHUTTER ISLAND: The Twist
I haven’t seen the new Scorsese film Shutter Island. I haven’t read the script or the book it’s based on or a synopsis of the plot. I haven’t read any spoilers or seen anything besides the trailer.
And based on the trailer, it’s so obvious how the film ends it makes me want to scream.
I’m going to put my bet down after the jump. Spoilers, if I’m right, but I can’t be the only one who’s sorted this out.
So the big twist at the ending is, dun-dun-DUNNNN, the detective is actually a patient at the asylum and the whole detective thing is a delusion in his crazy mind. Whatever made him crazy also has him racked with guilt, hence the “I’ll make this right” nature of the delusion.
Bonus prediction: This would mean that his partner does not exist at all, so we can expect him to disappear under disturbing and inexplicable circumstances somewhere around the midpoint.
Bonus prediction 2: The freaky woman who gives him the “Shhhhh” look is either a vision of his mother or his wife, in either case someone who went crazy before he did. Guilt has something to do with her — probably killed her, which he’s forced to admit (to himself, you see) at the climax.
We can also expect some scenes to make no sense at all upon second viewing with the “explanation” in mind.
Scorsese can still surprise me, here, by not making that the ending of the film. Either the big reveal of the “mystery” is something else entirely, or this reveal comes somewhere near the midpoint. I have no idea where it would go from there, but that’s what makes it the more interesting possibility.
But considering the praise Scorsese apparently gets from film enthusiasts just for blowing his nose, he could probably put out a trailer where he stared directly into the camera and told us the ending and the film would still get 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a bunch of Oscar nominations.
I’m not the biggest Scorsese fan to begin with, you may have gathered. This just isn’t helping.