The Shutter Island rat scene
January 8, 2012 10:31 AM Subscribe
Is the rat scene in Shutter Island
realistic? Inside has total spoilers for the film.
posted by neuromodulator to pets & animals (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm asking because I know many people felt cheated by the unreliable narrator, and the realism or non-realism of the rats seems kind of important in that respect.
The scene immediately follows his thinking he's seen his partner's corpse at the bottom of the cliff, and immediately precedes his meeting and long conversation with a non-existent person. So I feel like if the rat thing is unreal, then it's a clue that Rachel is also unreal - we have a chain of hallucinations of increasing magnitude.
But maybe that is realistic - the island is being pummelled by hurricane-type weather and maybe rats nest in cliff-sides like that and a combination of the tides and the storm have their den flooding and something like that could happen. That doesn't mean it's not a hallucination, but if it is potentially realistic then it's no longer a clue that Rachel isn't real.