‘Eyes Wide Shut’ is probably the most Kubrickian of all Kubrick films. You can attempt an explanation to all of his other films, but no absolute one is possible to this one. It is the master’s final statement on the slumber of modern life. It’s dream-like narrative fueled by stunning visual detail, a bravura performance from Nicole Kidman and a masterful use of Ligeti’s music, lend the film the ability to compel the audience to get lost in it, and believe me is it hard to recover. Very few films are as twisted as ‘Eyes Wide Shut’.
Labyrinthine tales can be even more compelling than straight-forward stories, if done correctly, and what so acutely separates trite attempts to ‘confuse’ an audience is the fluidity in which the plot unfolds. Twisted storylines dovetail into any number of infinite possibilities, juxtaposing reality and fantasy with confident ease which settles any audience in for a challenging but ultimately rewarding ride. None of the films below are easy pieces of work, but they all do something vitally important with the medium of cinema in their experimentations- leading to innovative ideas and rare masterworks that transcend the presence of traditional storytelling. With that said, here’s the list of movies similar to Eyes Wide Shut that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Eyes Wide Shut on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Code Unknown
Michael Haneke originally attempted this kind of film with 71 Fragments, a Chronology of Chance– an abject failure despite the great film-maker behind it. Code Unknown is a more successful voyage into challenging cinema; with effectively interwoven storylines that leave the viewer wanting more every time the credits roll- though that is also the heart off the issue. Despite some great stand-alone scenes, Code Unknown’s grand message is pushed as some kind of profound realisation that looms larger and larger with each second taken towards the climax. It does not, however, reveal anything- and several viewings in I can gather little of worth from this twisty flick other than the rare microcosmic wonder Haneke was able to squeeze in.
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9. Lost Highway