Script writing is a tough job, guys. Ask anyone who ever sat through a night, trying to figure out one single scene. A movie rides on the strength of the story line, only then do the rest of the factors come into play. Some movies are easy to comprehend. No rocket science, no mind-taxing business.
But some movies are clearly devised with the intent to challenge the viewer. The idea is to push the limits of one’s imagination and open up the mind to the unthinkable. The layers of complexity might seem impossible to peel off, but the mystery can be cracked, only if you watch carefully. Unless the end is obscure and open to interpretation, of course.
Which is why we came up with an assortment of great movies that’ll need your time and attention. They’re all immensely engaging stories with their own unique techniques to confuse, surprise and shock you.
Don’t worry, the wait will be totally worth it.
1. The Illusionist (2006)
Director: Neil Burger
This is a thrilling story about how a man who sets out into the world to find the love of his life, who was taken away from him. He makes his mark as a magician and becomes a master of disguise, all to rescue his lady from the clutches of royalty. You wouldn’t mind watching this mysterious romance several times.
2. Enemy (2013)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Jake Gyllenhaal is back to being a cinema God. This time, he strikes raises the game with a scintillating double role. The movie follows Adam, a college professor who spots his doppelgänger in a movie and finds a way to live his life. This risky secret soon gives way to complexities and danger.
3. Memento (2000)
Director: Christopher Nolan
We all know this story. It was adapted to create the super successful movie, ‘Ghajini’ in Bollywood. It’s about a man with short-term memory loss on the hunt for his wife’s killer. The insane tactics he resorts to show the determination and resourcefulness of a man who wants revenge.
4. Inception (2010)
Director: Christopher Nolan
This movie calls for repeated viewings but they’re so worth it. Nolan hit the nail with his brain-rummaging, monumental work and was rewarded well for it. Try not to lose yourself in the endless layers of the plot’s kaleidoscopic dimensions. There’s no line between reality and imagination here, it’s for you to figure out.
5. Shutter Island (2010)
Director: Martin Scorsese
I mean, how can a Scorsese and Leo match fail, right? They did it again with this twisted experience of World War 2 veteran and current marshal, Teddy Daniels, when he makes his way to a mental facility for the criminally crazy with his new partner. As he begins his investigation of a patient’s disappearance, Teddy starts losing his own sanity. He discovers too much and must find a way to complete his daunting mission. It’s a pretty disturbing movie. Keep some chocolate nearby.