Every once in a while, there comes a movie which sticks in your brain. And no, not for the nice way. Because you just can’t figure out what happened in it, and you either go for a rewatch, or you scour the internet for a logical explanation to quell your building intrigue.
We bring you some of the most confusing movies ever made.
1. Dark City
The premise: A person wakes up in a hotel with his memory lost and accused of some weird murders. While trying to figure things out, he gets lost in a world controlled by other beings and where there is no sun.Yes, it went from simple to weird like that.
Yes, it went from simple to weird like that.
The premise: A person with short term memory loss tries to piece together information and find out his wife’s rapist and murderer. What is confusing is the way Christopher Nolan has shot the film, in true Neo Noir essence.
Ghajini was inspired from this.
3. Shutter Island
The premise: A U.S. Marshall steps onto Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a mental patient. Things take a turn for the worse when a hurricane cuts off communication from the island, and the marshall starts doubting everything.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. You can’t go wrong.
The premise: A group of specialists enter the mind of a corporate magnate and use the dream within a dream technology to plant an idea in his brain.Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan work their magic like always.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan work their magic like always.
The premise: A group of astronauts explore the universe for alternate galaxies by traveling through a wormhole and end up traveling in time.
Christopher Nolan is a master of intricately confusing movies.
6. Mulholland Drive
The premise: After a car crash renders a woman amnesiac, she searches for answers to her questions across Hollywood in a winding, dream-like sequence.
Mulholland Drive is a movie like no other. It appears as a disjoint collage of many short films and the end does not make anything clear.
The premise: In the year 2074, whenever a target is wanted to be killed, he is sent back in time by the mafia, where they have a hired killer to their job for them. Things take a surprise twist when the killer’s future self is sent back to be killed by himself.Time travel is the most confusing concept here, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis fit the roles perfectly.
Time travel is the most confusing concept here, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis fit the roles perfectly.
8. Source Code
The premise: A US Army helicopter pilot finds himself waking up in a train after crashing his helicopter in Afghanistan. A bomb explodes, and he dies, and wakes up in a scientific setup. He is told that he can be put in another person’s consciousness and live the last 8 minutes of their lives. His mission: Find the bomber.
Jake Gyllenhaal is slowly emerging as one of the best actors of Hollywood and this role is a very convincing argument.
9. American Psycho
The premise: A wealthy and charming New York investment banker earns a fortune and is living is dream by day. But by night, he slips into his psychopathic alter ego which he works hard to hide from his friends.
Christian Bale works so effortlessly as Patrick Bateman that you find it hard to distinguish his real self from alter ego.
10. Donnie Darko
The premise: A disturbed teenager befriends a tall, scary bunny rabbit which only he can see, named Frank. Frank tells him that the world is going to end in 28 days. The teenager proceeds to find out how he can stop that from happening.
Jake Gyllenhaal again, and even then, he did a very thorough job.
11. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
The premise: A couple, bitter over their failed relationship, decide to erase each other from their minds employing a medical procedure. But history repeats itself, as the man realises he still loves her, and they meet again when the man decides to skip work on impulse.
Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey pull the movie off with ease, but the visuals make it hella confusing.
12. 2001: A Space Odyssey
The premise: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece is focused around evolution and how the placing of certain monoliths throughout the universe has enable humans to find technology and evolve. It’s the ultimate competition between humans and computers.
The movie is thought to be one of Kubrick’s and Hollywood’s defining flicks, and is a visual and cultural masterpiece.
13. Fight Club
The premise: A tired insomniac office worker attends random support groups to quell is bored mind. He meets a weird-ass soap salesman who convinces him to open a fight club, a new form of therapy by employing violence and aggression for release. Everything spirals out of control when the narrator is caught in a web of lies.
Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter make this dark movie seem like a confusing nightmare.
14. The Tree of Life
The premise: A man, disturbed between his parents ideas of love, tries to understand his family tree and in the process get clarity on evolution and the meaning of life.
Brad Pitt again, with Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, weave a beautiful, but utterly mind-bending story, written by Terrence Malick.
The premise: An actor known for portraying the comic book superhero Birdman now tries to produce and star in a play, but struggles with his inner self as he tries to explore where his insecurities lie, and growing problems from everywhere.
Michael Keaton really went under the skin of the character written by acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The movie is also known for looking like it’s been shot in one continuous shot.
The premise: A harrowed but genius mathematician believes that the universe can be understood by numbers and math, and hence goes on to build a supercomputer which will provide some key towards understanding existence.
Darren Aronofsky is a master of moving stories and this one is no less.
17. Jacob’s Ladder
The premise: A Vietnam war veteran struggles to keep his sanity as he is plagued by disturbing memories of his dead son, and his divorced wife, while he works overtime in the post office.
This one is a lesser known movie, but IMDb and cult fans love it.
18. The Machinist
The premise: A factory worker who hasn’t slept for a year begins to lose an immense amount of weight. He further begins to doubt his sanity when unexpected post-it notes start turning up on his fridge and he is dusturbed by a co-worker to may not even exist.
Christian Bale really lost a shitload of weight for perfecting this role, and totally nailed it.
19. Rear Window
The premise: A photographer is left to stay at his house after hurting his leg. He passes his time looking out of his house’s rear window. One day, he suspects a man, whom he can see from the window, might have killed his wife and he enlists his friends’ help.
The movie is directed by none other than the master of thriller movies, Alfred Hitchcock.
20. The Prestige
The premise: Two magicians compete against each other to create the ultimate illusion which the fans can never guess. Their rivalry takes an unexpected turn when one of them tries to discover the secrets of the other.
Christian Bale again and Hugh Jackman star in yet another Christopher Nolan masterpiece.
Honourable mention: No Smoking
The premise: A man who’s a chain smoker is repeatedly pressurised by his wife and friends to quit. When his wife leaves, he finally joins an institution, but backs out. Strange things start happening when he relapses, as the Guruji had predicted.
Anurag Kashyap is a brilliant director. He’s the black horse of Indian cinema and is slowly changing the face of how people view movies.
Movies are the gateway for expressing a story and some stories are so simple, yet the mind does not grasp their simplicity hidden underneath layers of language and visuals.