Has it ever happened to you that you watched a movie and felt you’ve wasted two hours of your life, but then when you watch the same movie again after some years you hear yourself saying, Wait? Why am I feeling this movie is simply brilliant? Well, I had that moment when I watched Pulp Fiction. I hated that movie when I watched it for the first time. And when I watched it again after a few years, for the next two months I watched it at least four times a week. I was obsessed with it.
So what changed? My perception? My thinking? It’s just that I was not yet ready for it then.
Many visionary filmmakers were executed by critics’ mighty pen only to be praised and celebrated later for their movies because they were way ahead of their time. And it was little difficult for the general audience and critics to digest it and comprehend it. It’s not that all movies were shunned, but most of them are. Time is the ultimate litmus test for movies. Somebody said: to know if the movie is good or bad you need to see how well it is accepted 10 years after its release. Sadly, we don’t have a time machine or Precogs the ‘Minority Report’, and that’s where we’ll start the list. Here’s the list of top movies way ahead of their time.
15. Minority Report
I’m sure most of you must have watched it. For those who haven’t: Set in 2054, the movie is about catching criminals even before they commit the crime with the help of Precogs who receive visions from the future. Watch the movie for its action and thrilling sequences. Now watch it again and you’ll see the movie, on a philosophical level, is about the age-old debate about destiny versus free will. Though the movie was well received, many critics still gave it thumbs down.
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14. The Truman Show