Despite the fact that IMDb ratings may not be the accurate measure of how good the film is, it will give you a fair idea of whether the film is good or not. With that said, today we decided to dig into the IMDb list and bring to you the mind twisting that have received the highest ratings on IMDb. Many of us are suckers for mind twisting movies. Somehow movies like Inception or Primer give our brains the fodder it so very often needs after watching relentless hours of mediocre cinema that is served to us in the name of “blockbusters”. But then, how often do movies like Inception get made? Rarely, right?
Anyway, here are the 14 mind twisting movies with the highest ratings on IMDb.
14. Coherence (2013): 7.2
‘Coherence’, a story of eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events, is essentially based on a scientific theory referred to as Schrödinger’s cat theory. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. In simple terms, it is the possibility of existence of multiple simultaneous realities at the same time. Read more..
13. Source Code (2011): 7.5
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Colter Stevens is a pilot and a part of secret program of the government, by which he is given to relive the last few minutes in the life of another man, who died in a train explosion. Stevens is needed to learn the identity of the bomber, but when he takes up the task, he sees many things are at stake, the least available being time. ‘Source Code’ gives a new twist to the time-travel films we are used to seeing, and does so brilliantly. You will surprised how much this movie is like Inception.
12. Predestination (2014): 7.5
Predestination’s a befitting reality to how time-travel movies are made, and how uncertain they are. It embodies a timeless traveller, revolving in time between 1945 to 1993 in search of the fizzle bomber. The film is based on a concept known as predestination paradox. Predestination paradox is a sequence of events (actions, information, objects, people) in which an event is among the causes of another event, which in turn is among the causes of the first-mentioned event. Read more..
11. The Butterfly Effect (2004): 7.7
Chaos theory is a mind-boggling theory. According to it a small event at some place could lead to influential events far away. When Eric Bress and Mackye Gruber made this theory into a film, obviously that was going to be something we hadn’t seen before. Evan (Ashton Kutcher) is a teenager who frequently blacks out due to unbearable headaches and is transferred to the past, where he can make alterations to his life and of others too. But when he finds out that small changes in the past can drastically change the present, Evan finds himself in macabre parallel realities. It is not a perfect film, but it is a damn interesting one.
10. Being John Malkovich: 7.8
The world came to know about the genius of Charlie Kaufman from this film. It is difficult to categorize ‘Being John Malkowich’. Is it science fiction? Probably. Is is a romance? Likely. If there are a movie genre called “weird”, ‘Being John Malkowich’ will fit right into it. How else could you classify a story of a puppeteer who discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star?
8. Twelve Monkeys (1995): 8.0
’12 Monkeys’ centers around James Cole (Willis) in the 2030s, who is a prisoner, and is recruited for a mission and is sent back to the 1990s to gather information about a fatal plague, which has wiped a large part of population. The thing, which is to be noticed throughout, is the relation of him with the manic Jeffrey (Pitt) and subtle and desperate romance with Dr. Katherine Railly. Directed by Terry Gilliam and co-written by David Peoples, who previously authored ‘Blade Runner’, ’12 Monkeys explores the subjective nature of memories and their effect upon perceptions of reality through the concept of time-travel.
8. Mulholland Drive (2001): 8.0
A first watch of Mulholland Dr. results into the following: A head scratch, confusion, brainstorming, realization, acceptance. Only after you accept that what you have watched is nothing short of a miracle, you go for second, third, fourth… watch, to appreciate the nuances, to laud at the filmmaking, the editing, the performances and to glean some sense out of the cerebral and haunting piece of cinema. A film that is discussed even today, around 15 years after its release and yet, not every question about the film has been answered. ‘Mulholland Dr.’, quite simply, offers the greatest cinematic mystery of all time. Read: Full Explanation