Best mindfuck movies.
For this week’s theme I have decided to compile a mini-list of movies (because a full-list would take me at least a whole week to complete…) that correspond to the “mindfuck” genre, which has become one of my favourite over the last year. Basically, these are the movies that will leave you speechless at the end because of their genius twist endings.
- Memento (2000)
A Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece. It is a story about Leonard, a man who seeks revenge on the man who raped and murdered his wife. The only problem is that he suffers from a deficiency that wipes out his short-term memory and keeps him from creating any new memories. The thriller unfolds 22 scenes that run backwards, and with each scene, we slowly put the pieces together, but the end is still unexpected nonetheless.
- The Prestige (2006)
Another Christopher Nolan movie about two rivaling magicians in early twentieth century London. Both of the magicians resort to drastic measures to outdo the other with their tricks that have inescapable consequences on their personal lives. A very smart movie for a smart audience, that demands 100% of your attention.
- Shutter Island (2010)
One of my favorite movies, because of the plot, the cinematography, the acting performances and well, the ending. It may be pretty scary and suspenseful, but it definitely draws you in the story and trust me, it’s worth it. To sum up, Shutter Island will surprise you, scare you, demand attention from you and above all, will totally screw your mind up. Thanks Scorsese.
- Fight club (1999)
Another favorite of mine, this time a brilliant direction by David Fincher. Starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter among many other great actors, Fight club tells a story about an office worker who gets lured into a new underground World of anarchy and chaos. The sublime story line, the fantastic quotes, the amazing acting and the perfect ending make this movie unforgettable.
Finally, the movies included here are those that I HAVENT yet seen, but I feel I will love them just as much as the movies featured above (just a little intuition I have as a sixth sense).
- The mechanist (2004)
A psychological thriller by Brad Anderson with Christian Bale (and his astonishingly committed performance) as a factory worker who has developed a serious case of insomnia. Definitely has a dark and suspenseful side but I’m looking forward to experience it.
- The fountain (2006)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman, the Fountain tells three parallel stories over a millennium. It’s a movie about love, death, spirituality and the fragility of our existence in this world.
- The usual suspects (1995)
Just because Kevin Spacey.
- Mullholand drive (2001)
There are enough movies in David Lynch’s catalogue to fill their own dedicated mindfuck list (such as Eraserhead or Blue Velvet) but Mullholand Drive has seemed to spark the most intrigue from film fans.