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10 Movies You Have To Watch AGAIN To Fully Understand

10. Shutter Island (2010)

Set in the 1950s and based on a story by Dennis Lehane, Martin Scorsese's neo-noir thriller Shutter Island is replete with the kind of wiseguy style that made Scorsese's name, but also fast-moving, paperback genre thrills that are definitely not par for the course.

Leonardo DiCaprio's Deputy US Marshal Teddy Daniels journeys with his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) to Shutter Island, a sinister island asylum where dangerous inmate Rachel Solando has disappeared from her cell.

Once on the island, the roles of patients and doctors seem fluid and uncertain, Teddy begins to suffer from migraines and a conspiracy unfolds. Disturbing fiery dreams of his wife are matched by the revelation that her killer, Andrew Laeddis, is on the island.

The twist ending is not hard to grasp and ties up Shutter Island's narrative quite neatly: Teddy is actually the inmate Laeddis, who was incarcerated for murdering the wife he has nightmares of. But it is the small details and double-meanings throughout that make second viewing mandatory.

The nods and ticks or the acting and cinematography play a sort of sleight of hand for the viewer, so that while we suspect we are being tricked throughout, the truth is staring out from every shot. Subtle, clever details are woven in throughout, meaning that what may appear as, say, the lazy uncooperativeness of the prison guards in the first viewing, becomes the actions of men merely babysitting a rampant imagination in the second.

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