For lovers of movies, movies freaks if I do say so myself, you would agree with me that the movie industry has mastered the art of craftsmanship in deciet leaving their viewers in a WTF mood after watching with jaw dropping plot twists, surreal storytelling, astonishing characters who honed their roles just perfectly fine (like they’ve lived the life before or are still living it in full effect), unexpected or unforeseeable endings or the most annoying yet seemingly interesting aspect of movie – the never ending suspense that leads to a sequel and even more sequels.
Yes a lot of top rated movies share these similarities but not all movies are capable of mind boggling their viewers, leaving them in an utter state of confusion after thinking they understood just what they have watched for more than 1hr45mins+ just to be unusually astounded by the movie ending and not seemingly believing w\nhat their eyes just witnessed and their brain just processed. Yes quite a few movies have that in them and that’s the point of this write-up — to list some of the best mind bugging movies ever produced — and if you do enjoy or have a contrary opinion, feel free to drop a comment down below. (It’s free by the the way . . . LMAO . . . Just kidding).
- INCEPTION (2010)
If you’re a movie freak, you would expect nothing but a classic movie to start with and that’s just what you got. Inception, a Christopher Nolan produced movie and directed by him and his wife. The movie stars actors like Leonardo DiCaprio who plays the role of Cobb, a professional con artist who’s mastered the art of espionage through invading people’s dreams to illicitly get secret information from them, an art he learned from his professor and father-in-law Dr. Stephen Miles and after getting these top secrets, he uses them for reasons he won’t disclose but along the line many of his subjects got wind of this deceitful art Cobb was into and how he was manipulating them in their dreams thus making him a wanted man. Story continues and many of the subjects don’t want this information Cobb gathered from them to fall into the wrong hands, introducing Mr. Satio’s (played by Ken Watanabe) plans and offer to Cobb to take his concept one step further and that his for Cobb to not only enter people’s dreams to get information from them but to plants thoughts which can alter the subjects wellbeing and attached is a clause which Mr. Satio knows Cobb can’t decline and that is the chance to get back to his (Cobb’s) reality and meeting his two young kids.
Well Cobb accepts and if you know excellent movies well, you know they are very good when something bad or tragic happens and the fault here lies with Cobb as he fails to explain every detail involved in this mind-heist. Needless to say the movie came out to be awesome with an 8.8/10 IMDb rating and 74% and 84% ratings from Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes respectively.
- ANNIHILATION (2018)
“Weird things happen in Florida” is a statement we should be accustomed to by now and that’s the setting of this movie as a biologist (former soldier) joins forces with a linguist, an anthropologist, a surveyor and a psychiatrist (I mean just look at this character set up lmao and you expect weird things not to happen?), less I digress, the movie — Annihilation — centres on the life of biologist Lena (played by Natalie Portman) who is on a covert operation to find her husband, a military officer who was last seen on an operation and not heard from ever since, making him presume dead but appears in their home suddenly with all memories of him lost about what he witnessed in the swamplands of Florida, an Area X dubbed the “Shrimmer” — an anomalous iridescent electromagnetic field — lying there is a world of mutated landscape and creatures, beautiful yet dangerous.
The plot leads to Lena and her all-female team embarking on a government black op mission to truly find out what makes the Shrimmer what it truly is and her findings is what it is truly mind boggling about this movie as she discovers facts beyond human comprehension. Well you would have to watch the movie to find out and if you have, you already know. Annihilation generated a 6.8/10 IMDb rating and 88% from Rotten Tomatoes with a nice percentage of 76% viewers liking the movie on Google.
- PREDESTINATION (2015)
A temporal agent known as The Barkeep (played by Ethan Hawke) who sets on a time-traveling journey designed to make his career with the law enforcement agency a never ending experience. Now on his final task with the agency he his tasked with finding his ever eluding lifelong arch rival known as the Fizzle Bomber, a man responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.
Long story cut short, he (The Barkeep) eventually embarks on the mission to catch the Fizzle Bomber which takes him back in time to 1975 in New York where he disguises as a Bartender and in the line of work encounters a character known as the Unmarried Mother who helps in explaining to him the true meaning behind his existence and how to catch his arch rival. He eventually catches his arch rival — the Fizzle Bomber — who now explains to him (The Barkeep) that he is him in the future and that the assignee of the Temporal Bureau set him up.
Bro isn’t this even more confusing to read? Just watch the movie please because I’m getting confused myself just writing about all this. Anyways the movie did well as it won 12 awards out of 19 nominations it was put up for, earning Predestination a solid 7.5/10 and 83% from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes respectively and a cool 69% from Metacritic.
- INTERSTELLAR (2014)
Picture this: It is the 2060’s where on the bright side there are no more wars and crime but the world is as desolated as it can be as famine is the new new normal; kids are tested at a particular age to determine what job they would learn or do to contribute to human sustenance but suddenly a man notices a cloud of dust as they settle on the ground and finds out they are binary code for a place he deems worthy of investigating.
That leads us to the plot of Interstellar, another Christopher Nolan produced and written movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Anna Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon. It centres on the life of Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey) who was the “man” aforementioned studying the cloud of dust for binary codes but suddenly finds himself in a NASA building where he’s kind of forced to join a group of astronauts to embark on a mission to find that location of the binary codes which leads them to travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to find a better habitat for humanity survival.
A lot of twists and turns was put into this movie, not only to make it interesting but mind boggling as you can expect from a Christopher Nolan’s production. Interstellar ended up winning scores of awards, with an Oscar among the various awards it earned; it had a budgeted $165M but generated over $180M in the US alone. Safe to say as you must be expecting by it received very good ratings as it garnered 8.6/10 IMDb rating, 72% and 74% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic respectively.
Honourable mentions will include: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018), Arrival (2016) and to cap these write-up in the words of a friend: “Never watch these movies when you are high because they will [expletive] you up”. Don’t ask me why, I’m always sober.