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Published January 12th 2016
To change the way you perceive reality and the mind
Top 5 Mind Bending Movies


Fight Club Brad Pitt Edward Norton 1999
Fight Club



We all love movies, I think that's a fair assumption. And a lot of us like the movies that not only are interesting but make us think, change our perceptions (for better or worse) but they also make us feel things. I've always been a fan of the movies that make you question what really happened or what it really means. And by this I mean the 'mind-bending' films.

These movies are all opinion but if you're looking for your mind to be challenged why not watch a few and see if you can figure the meaning or answer before the final credits.


They are in no particular order.

1. Inception (2010)

Inception Leonardo Dicaprio 2010
Inception


The 2010 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom, a thief who has a rare ability to enter another persons dream and steal ideas, concepts and even plant his own ideas. Christopher Nolan was harrased and praised by viewers for not only the visual masterpiece that inception was but also the unanswered ending to the entire film. He said in an article off 'Screen Rant' that viewers had missed the point of the film. Without giving any spoilers away the movie makes you question your subconscious, the way we perceive our own realities and lifestyles. This is an excellent film with so many different levels too (pun intended!) that I can guarantee you wont be bored!

2. Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko 2001 Jake Gyllenhal
Donnie Darko


The 2001 Sci Fi thriller, and one of my personal favourites, 'Donnie Darko' tells the story of a troubled young man (Jake Gyllenhal) named Donnie who evades death by a talking man size bunny rabbit who then convinces him into performing a series of crimes. If that doesn't make you interested or want to know more; in this film there is also the debatable concept of time travel, mental illness and a coincidental history that leaves you constantly picking up the pieces of the film to understand what exactly is going on in Donnie Darko's world. Alongside a killer soundtrack, many famous characters and a storyline twist, that took me atleast watching this movie 50 times to understand, Donnie Darko is definitely one of the best movies of all time that is thought-provoking, mind-bending but still fascinating.

3. Black Swan

Black Swan 2010 Natalie Portman Mila Kunis
Black Swan


The 2010 film starring Natalie Portman as a commited dancer who wins the lead role in 'Swan Lake'. But as she delves into the character more, begins to lose her sanity. This movie was a little scary, gross with the hangnail but so stimulating and engrossed you into the fierce world of ballet and its characters. It's another film that certainly questions reality and the subconscious of Portman's character 'Nina'. Another component to the film that was added to intensify the idea of insanity was Winonya Ryder's character 'Beth' who, a past student of Nina's inappropriate director, becomes an entirely new entity. If you want a bit more thrilling and edge of your seat drama, 'Black Swan' is definitely a worthy pick.

4. Shutter Island

Shutter Island 2010 Leonardo DiCaprio
Shutter Island


Another Leo DiCaprio starred film, but 'Shutter Island' in 2010 directed by the brilliant Martin Scorsese follows on the idea of insanity and thought provoking madness. The film follows a US Marshall, played by DiCaprio to find a missing patient who has escaped the hospital for the criminally insane. This movie is nail-biting, with frightening patients and stories but a incredible film with one of the biggest twists that I couldn't see coming. The thriller is sure to keep you on your toes and always trying to solve the case of the missing patient, and with a hurricane that shuts the island off from the rest of the world, things get disbelieving and make you question what the real point of the movie is…

5. Fight Club

Fight Club Brad Pitt Edward Norton 1999
Fight Club


No mind-boggling movie list would be complete without 1999 cult film 'Fight Club' directed by David Fincher from the novel by Chuck Palanhiuk. The main character played by Edward Norton who is the unnamed narrator is a depressed, insomniac individual who is discontented with his way of life. He then meets 'Tyler Durden' played by Brad Pitt. The 'minimalist', used very loosely who is the basic representation of what every miserable 'white collar' follower wants to be. The two after meeting initiate what is known as Fight Club. A place for men to let out their anguish, frustration and ultimately have fun while being beaten. The concept of this movie is brilliant, and both Norton and Pitt play their characters with a sense of ease. The movie has an undeniable twist and provokes thoughts of self-representation and how we perceive our realities again. Definitely worth to make this list.

So if you're looking for a movie to amaze you, provoke thoughts about reality and perception then these five films I'm sure will kick your imagination into overdrive. As I've said though these are my opinion, if you can think of any films that would be worthy as listed mind-altering please add to the comments below. So we can all be mind-boggled together!

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Donnie Darko or The Matrix aswell!
by jllover (score: 1|86) 752 days ago
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