A mind-blowing movie is one with bizarre plot twists and/or fantastical imagery. It’s the sort of movie that makes people in the audience exclaim, “How did they do that?” and “What just happened?” It might tell part of the story in reverse chronological order like “Memento” or dump the characters in a surreal landscape like “Inception.” The laws of physics are quite often violated in a mind-blowing movie. Consider the following examples:
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960) is probably the grand-daddy of the mind-bending movies, as well as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Janet Leigh plays a woman on the lam for embezzling $40,000 from her employer’s client. The film earns its place on the list by killing off the apparent protagonist partway through the movie in a notorious shower scene that can still induce nightmares.
2) 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction epic was known for its stunning special effects. The plot concerns astronauts on their way to Jupiter who finds themselves at the mercy of a malevolent ship’s computer. A mysterious black monolith appears at certain points during human history for unspecified reasons.
3) American Psycho
“American Psycho” (2000) stars Christian Bale as an insane investment banker who may or may not is a serial killer. The film is told from his point of view, and it is difficult to tell if the events depicted are real or simply hallucinations.
Directed by Chris Nolan, “Memento” (2000) tells of a man trying to track down his wife’s murderer. He also has anterograde amnesia and thus cannot form new memories. He relies on photographs and tattoos to store information he can’t remember.
Also made by Christopher Nolan, “Inception” (2010) stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who steals information from people’s minds. A lot of the movie is thus set in various dreamscapes in which buildings can bend over and people float or walk on the ceiling.
6) The Matrix
Mind-blowing movies often play with the notion of reality and people’s ability to perceive it. In “The Matrix” (1999), Keanu Reeves plays a computer hacker called Neo who is recruited by rebels led by Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus. He soon learns that his “reality” is a computer-generated illusion created by malevolent robots that had rebelled against their creators. The movie is considered one of the greatest science fiction films, and it is known for its dazzling special effects.