Posted on 3/20/10 02:44 AM
Mind-Bending, Suspense-driven, and Scorsese's finest yet.
I must admit at the beginning I did not quite understand the plot but after rewatching it. The details were revealed. At the beginning when Teddy and Chuck were ordered to hand over their firearms. Scorcese specifically captures "Chuck" not being able to take off his holster and pistol because he is not a real Marshall he is just a Doctor.
The lady in the beginning that tells DiCaprio's character to "shush" was to prove that she was well-aware about Kingsley's experiment. Trying to do to prove his role-playing theory. However, her mental physical appearance made us overlook this clue and lead us to believe that she is just crazy.
Fire elements used in this film. I couldn't distinguish fact to fiction, however if we looked closely, Scorsese has brilliantly used fire to separate DiCarprio's imagination from the role-playing/reality. When he was speaking to "Rachel Solando" in the cave, there was a fireplace. Therefore it was all in his imagination. Another example is in the scene where DiCarprio constantly lit matches used in the ward C cell while speaking with "George". Furthermore, in the first scene when we were introduced to his wife "Dolores" in the apartment there was a fire and Dolores was reduced to ashes.
When DiCarprio interviewed Mrs Kearns from Rachel's group therapy sessions. There was a question where she was asked "What's he like?" regarding to Dr Sheehan. She answered "Not hard on the eyes, as my mother would say, then the camera shoots over to Mark Ruffalo's character smirking.
The ending was probably the most surprising. DiCarprio's memory comes back and he makes peace with his past, but later he appears to have a relapse and Cawley is forced to lobotomize him. On the contrary, before the surgery is performed, DiCarprio asks Ruffalo's character if he thinks it would be "worse to live as a monster or to die a good man". That indicated that he did not relapse but he would much rather end his sufferings by undergoing the lobotomy.