When man first made moving images possible and later developed it into an art form with which he began to express his feelings and emotions and also tell stories, it was the closest we came in trying to replicate life. No other art form till then could even imagine coming that close to life as movies made possible. However, man did not stop at that and went on experimenting with the form which helped movies develop a language of their own and become an art form at par with music, paintings, storytelling – arts that have been around for centuries.
What we then tried to do is to go beyond replicating life to give a picture of how things might turn out in the future. We even tried to question the reality we see around ourselves and present an alternate version of the truth. Man started exploring such concepts since the early days of movies, with Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ (1927). In the movie, Lang tried to present a dystopic picture of the society where mankind has been segregated into two parts – the rich and powerful who live in a beautiful utopia, but underneath their city, the downtrodden dwell in bleak and unpleasant conditions. Lang’s a genius, and the movie is a testament to the fact that he was well and truly ahead of his times.
Furthermore, Georges Melies’ 1902 movie ‘A Trip to The Moon’ also showcases how man began trying to re-imagine reality through movies. Thus, to quench your thirst regarding such films, we present a compilation of mind-bending movies. Here’s the list of really good mind-fuck movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
17. Transcendence (2014)
Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman star in this science fiction thriller where Depp plays the role of a scientist who wants to build a sentient computer, an artificial intelligence which will be able to think and make decisions on its own. Depp’s character, Dr. Will Caster’s belief is that such a computer will be able to create what he calls a ‘technological singularity’, and bring about immense technological advancements unprecedented in human thought. Directed by Wally Pfister who is famous for his cinematographic work with Christopher Nolan, this movie is a must-check-out for its intense performances.
16. Extinction (2018)