Did you know that the word ‘trauma’ comes from the Greek for ‘wound’? Hm? And what is the German word for 'dream’? Traum. Ein Traum. Wounds can create monsters, and you, you are wounded, Marshal. And wouldn’t you agree, when you see a monster, you… you must stop it?
Watching TFP made me think of the trailer of Shutter Island. I haven’t seen the complete film myself, but I thought it was worth to at least watch the trailer again and I’m still not sure if I like what I found:
1. Fog. Oh, and a boat. Oh, and two men on the boat. 2. A remote island with a fort on it. 3. Guardsmen 4. “The most dangerous and damaged patients, the ones no other hospitals can manage”. Uhh, you guys?! 5. A red alarm. 6. A mysterious female prisoner. Oh wait, she escaped: “It is as if she evaporated”. Uh, yes, that’s exactly what we thought Eurus must have done. 7. A notebook 8. Strange messages on walls or (grave?) stones 9. A matchbox. Really?! 10. “This is a game”. Is it? 11. And I don’t know why, but the tune from 1.43 on sounds awfully familiar to me. I could be mistaken though :)
And uhm… “Shutter” Island? Shutters. Mary. DVD. I don’t know. Too deep, Sherlock. Too deep… Everything seems to remind me of Sherlock ^^
So by the time the trailer had finished, I had become so curious that I decided to watch this: “Shutter Island: why perspective is everything”. AND IT WAS SO INTERESTING! The explanation starts with “The breaking of the fourth wall…”, so do I need to say more? Decide for yourself:
But let’s first summarise the film. Two detectives (Let me think. Oh, Sherlock and John?) go to Shutter Island in order to find the supposedly missing patient ‘Solando’ (Eurus?). None of the psychiatrists, however, wants to cooperate.
Andrew, the protagonist and one of the detectives, is a war veteran. So let’s suppose this is a John mirror. But we get to know Andrew as being Teddy, as Andrew’s brain has come up with the character of Teddy in order to be able to deal with the violence and feeling of guilt he has encountered throughout his life.
In the mean time, Teddy gets more and more nightmares. He constantly sees his wife and he gets flashback to his war past. He finds Solando and she tells him she isn’t the one who is insane, but that she is a psychiatrist who was declared mad after she had discovered that inhumane experiments were conducted on patients. She also tells Teddy he’s drugged (TD-12?).
Suddenly his partner Chuck disappears. Teddy thinks psychiatrists might use him for their experiments and he wants to do everything within his power to prevent that from happening. He then meets a psychiatrist who tells him HE is the one who is delusional. However, Solando had told him this was going to happen, so he plays along. But then it turns out that Chuck is also a psychiatrist. He tells Teddy that he has killed his own wife and that he has been a patient at Shutter Island for quite a while now.
Only then we get to see what happened with Teddy in the past. He arrives home one day to see his wife has drowned their kids (has Mary drowned Rosy? It would certainly explain why there is such a huge focus on water in S4…). In turn, he shoots (the guns!) his wife (so did John kill Mary?). He goes insane after all of this and therefore gets send to Shutter Island. He creates a fantasy world to deal with all of this.
In the end, the psychiatrists think only lobotomy can help Teddy/Andrew to deal with his past. And it seems like that’s also what Teddy/Andrew wants, as turns out in a conversation Andrew has with Chuck (the hug?).
Oh. And: ‘Shutter Island’ also (ever so gently) reminds the audience that they are watching Andrew’s strange fantasy world because:
Characters act out of character (Check)
Teddy becomes more and more violent (Check: John hitting Sherlock?)
Continuity errors that are too obvious (Double check).
“After she tried to kill herself the first time, Dolores told me she… she had an insect living inside her brain. She could feel it clicking across her skull, just… pulling the wires, just for fun. She told me that. She told me that but I didn’t listen. I loved her so much.”
Did you know that the word ‘trauma’ comes from the Greek for 'wound’? Hm? And what is the German word for 'dream’? Traum. Ein Traum. Wounds can create monsters, and you, you are wounded, Marshal. And wouldn’t you agree, when you see a monster, you… you must stop it?
“The brain controls pain. It controls fear. Sleep. Empathy. Hunger. Everything we associate with the heart or the soul or the nervous system is actually controlled by the brain. Everything. What if you could control it?”