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Watch this mind-bending psychological thriller before it leaves Netflix

Martin Scorsese is a force to reckon with. With an undying love for cinema that is reflected in his exceptional work, this audacious and spirited veteran has been one of the greatest pioneering auteurs of modern cinema. Transcending genres with his various masterpieces, his career and luminous legacy is defined by hit films including Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull and more. 

Scorsese is popular for collaborating with the same set of actors over a wide array of films. Some of his most frequent collaborators are Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent etc. besides indulging in violent noir films like Mean Streets, Gangs of New York and Goodfellas, Scorsese has also dabbled in the spiritual with Kundun and Silence while upholding the manners of an aristocratic rom-com via Age of Innocence

With 25 feature films to his name, Scorsese’s 26th feature will see two of his most favourite actors, DeNiro and DiCaprio coming together to focus on the 1920 FBI investigations of the Oklahoma oil murders in the upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon

Although Scorsese has a love-hate relationship with Netflix, besides their collaboration on The Irishman, the streaming service has a wide range of Scorsese films that his fans absolutely love. But one of his beloved and most mind-bending psychological thrillers is set to leave the platform by the end of this month and demands your immediate attention. 

Starring DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams among others, the 2010 film Shutter Island is one of Scorsese’s most intense and unsettling flicks. 

Phenomenal and underrated, the film dwells on the thin line between fantasy and reality, challenging the sanity of the viewers. Amidst the looming anxiety and morbid gloom, DiCaprio’s outstanding performance as a man haunted by glimpses of his traumatic past adds to the atmospheric horror of the film. 

The film revolves around DiCaprio’s Teddy Daniels, a US Marshal, investigating the disappearance of a patient at a remote Ashecliffe Hospital with his partner, Chuck Aule, played by Ruffalo. 

As they delve deeper into the investigation, Teddy realises the sinister nature of the hospital and its inmates while continuously facing the harrowing ghosts of his past and other fears that deter him from leaving the island. 

With one of the greatest plot twists in the history of thrillers, Scorsese’s film leaves an indelible mark in the minds of viewers who feel themselves questioning everything at the end of this trippy ride. 

While it is indeed not his best work, the ambiguity of the ending and the constant oscillation between reality and fantasy makes Shutter Island an essential watch.