2 Mind-Blowing Movies Like "The Matrix"
The Matrix is one of those movies that everyone has heard of. It tells the story of Neo who finds out that the city, and indeed the world, that he lives in is nothing more than a made-up reality. When machines took over the planet, they harvested humans as batteries of some sorts, putting them to sleep and creating a simulation for them to live in. It's up to Neo to free the human race.
It was then followed by the sequels The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), but the original remains the best, in my opinion.
This 1999 masterpiece really set the bar for science-fiction and even made people who watched it question their own reality. It was a completely original idea that, scarily, made sense. It has caused people who experience weird phenomena "glitches in the Matrix" and there are even people out there who consider it a possibility that we do live in a computer simulation.
Movies are entertaining and if they make us think, more the better. Here are two movies I've seen that took some while getting my head around and impressed me as much as The Matrix did.
1. Inception (2010)
This fantastic film has a great cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, and Ken Watanabe. Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) is a professional thief who breaks into people's subconscious to steal private information deep in their minds. He can't return home, and a powerful businessman (Watanabe) offers to organise Cobb's safe return to the USA if he performs inception, the process of planting an idea in one's mind.
This film built the mind's subconscious in an impressive way. With "levels" of the mind, certain rules such as the role of the "characters" inside people's dreams, and the consequences of getting involved in such a complex operation, the movie was easy to follow yet mind-blowing all the same.
With a great cast, an interesting storyline, and a brilliantly original idea, you'll find yourself watching this Hollywood blockbuster again and again, and finding out more each time you watch it.
2. Interstellar (2014)
This movie started a little slow for me at first, but now it's one of my favourite movies. Space is a dangerous and fascinating thing, something humans long to explore more. Interstellar is set several decades in the future where the human's population is dwindling due to war and starvation. Crops are dying out -wheat has already become extinct, and it seems corn is on its way to do the same. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is struggling to survive and take care of his crops with his family.
The greatest scientists in the world are working out a way to ensure humanity's survival. A strange presence in Cooper's daughter's room leads him to drive somewhere unfamiliar where he stumbles upon the scientists' base. They send him out to space with a team of astronauts through a wormhole to find a safe planet for humanity to move to.
This movie was incredibly exciting. I didn't know when or where things would go wrong, and at one point they arrive at a planet where, due to its proximity to a black hole, time moves much faster than on Earth. That really messed with my head! Every hour on the new planet was several years back home on Earth, and the consequences were dire for his daughter (Mackenzie Foy) waiting for him at home.
There was a lot of sad moments in the movie as well as some frightening propositions about space and even the fragility of humankind and Earth. The film deals with time and its flow, dimensions, wormholes, black holes, and philosophy. I guarantee your head will be spinning when you're done watching it.
Anne Hathaway and Matt Damon also star in this film.
Interestingly, Christopher Nolan directed both of these movies, so if you enjoy one, you'll probably enjoy the other one, too!
These two mind-boggling movies should definitely be on your watch list! Be prepared to have to sit and watch intensely, though, so that you can wrap your mind around it. Have you seen either of these great movies before? Which one do you think sounds the most interesting?
Which movie are you likely to watch first?
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