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Old 08-03-2011, 06:39 PM
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Question Question about the movie Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)

Important !!!!!!!!!! Do not read this if you have not seen the movie.

This will spoil it for you, and it's a great movie

If you've already seen it, do me a favor, and read on below.............
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I've watched it several times, and I'm still on the fence. Was he a marshall, that they drugged and kept prisoner? Or an inmate, who shot his wife, that they were trying to help?

The more I watch it, the more I think he really was a Marshall, that they drugged, and kept prisoner. BTW, most of the online reviews I've read, the people go along with the notion that you're basically suppose to go along with. That he was an inmate, and really did kill his wife after she murdered his three children. I do not agree, and I'll tell you why.......


1) The nurse in the cave. She sounded very plausible and I believed her.

2) His partner fumbled the gun when handling it over to the guards. Scorsese was trying to show us that he wasn't comfortable handling a gun, i.e. he really was an imposter.

3) When DiCaprio first confronts Ben Kingsley in the lighthouse, Kingsley admits that he was VERY close to busting the entire operation up, and would have, if he had made it to the ferry.

4) The last line of the movie, "Is it better to live a monster, or die a good man?".


Like I said, I'm going against 90% of the viewers on this, that went with the story as told, and I'm kind of still on the fence. I do intend to read the book, because I've got to figure this out; it's driving me nuts..........

So for those that saw the movie, or read the book, what do you think?

US Marshall doing his job, or ex-US marshall that shot his wife after she murdered his three kids..........and why?
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:13 PM
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I leaner towards ex-marshal who killed his family, but i need to watch it a few more times myself. It was a good movie but I never pay close enough attention when I watch films like it.
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I thought ex-marshal who killed his wife. Loved the movie.
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I think he was not envolved in anything got framed
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I think this is what the whole movie was about. Keeping everyone on their toes even after the movie to make them really think and come up with your own idea. I have seen it several times along with talked about it a lot with friends of mine and I still have no idea. This makes me want to watch it again though.
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I'll tell you, they did such a good job, it's right on the fence; it could be either, and that to me is the genius behind the movie. I guess I'm just going to have to read the book, because watching the movie three times (including replaying scenes several times) i am like 60/40 that he didn't kill his wife.

Thanks for the replies...............
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I read the book and saw the movie hand hated both. terrible book and movie
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I read the book, then watched the movie....only in the book do you get the whole, and I mean whole story.........he was ex-marshall and that was part of his therapy to "play" it out to see if he can accept his fate.....and his actions.
The movie wanted you to remain on the fence and debate about it in your head then on THT......just good directing and marketing I suppose......
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Originally Posted by Omarf4 View Post
I read the book, then watched the movie....only in the book do you get the whole, and I mean whole story.........he was ex-marshall and that was part of his therapy to "play" it out to see if he can accept his fate.....and his actions.
The movie wanted you to remain on the fence and debate about it in your head then on THT......just good directing and marketing I suppose......
Thanks for the input, really appreciate it. I don't know what role marketing might have played, as I don't go to movies, or watch TV; only bit torrent and netflix, and watched it a year after it came out.

But from what you say, Scorsese did a masterful job of directing. I can't recall being so engaged by a movie. As donziboy said, "Keeping everyone on their toes even after the movie".
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I read the book and saw the movie and hated both. terrible book and movie

Didn't read the book -- yeah, I didn't care much for the movie, disappointing.
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I think it was all made up
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He was an inmate. They did the "Marshall' thing to see if that fixed him or else he'd have to go to the lighthouse. It did "fix" him, but he faked still having his problems, so he would then go to the lighthouse..
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He was an inmate. They did the "Marshall' thing to see if that fixed him or else he'd have to go to the lighthouse. It did "fix" him, but he faked still having his problems, so he would then go to the lighthouse..
In 20 words, I think you nailed it................
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In 20 words, I think you nailed it................
X2, that's what i got out of it as well.
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