A good film is a separate art form. There are plenty of exquisite pictures nowadays that are easily forgotten, and films that throw us for a loop and remove all our expectations are a treasure.
1. The Others (2001)
In this film, Nicole Kidman, who plays a young woman named Grace, moves to an island and resides in a large isolated house with her two photosensitive kids waiting for the Second World War. Their lives already have many peculiarities as Grace begins to realize that they are possibly not the only inhabitants of the house. This film reminds us that fancy special effects are not necessary for a thriller to be gripping.
2. Mulholland Drive (2002)
Mulholland Drive is a mystifying tale about a girl who, after a car crash, loses her memory and decides to try to reconstruct the details of her life and unravel the mysteries of her past which constantly haunt her. The deeper she walks, the darker the plot becomes. The movie keeps you in suspense until the very end, which incidentally will strike even the most sophisticated audience.
3. Cloud Atlas (2012)
A 2012 picture filmed by 3 incredibly talented filmmakers— Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis — has a stunning collection of six different stories, spanning many periods from the 19th to the 24th centuries that intertwine in the most unexpected way. The film shows any good or bad option in the present will have future consequences.
4. The Village (2004)
The Village, a thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix and Adrien Brody, is about a small settlement of the 19th century living in fear of terrible creatures in the wild forests surrounding it. People don’t even go outside the village but the main character has to leave home to get the requisite medicine. Absolute tension is guaranteed throughout the story and an unpredictable plot twist.
5. Get Out (2017)
This twisted nightmare of high tension starts very normally— a young black boy comes to meet his girlfriend’s parents— nothing causes trouble, but the story unfolds in an unpredictable manner once the boy discovers the real reason for this invitation. The film scares us not by crying, but by the information that should not normally sound frightening at all, but turn out to be as ruthless as the scalpel of a surgeon.
6. Ex Machina (2014)
This sci-fi movie has a classic plot which involves a scientist and his creation. An experiment which has 2 participants — a young engineer, Caleb, and the first artificial intelligence in the world, Ava. But it seems the researchers have more questions than answers. In fact, Caleb falls in love with Ava during the study, and Ava is conspiring with the robot housekeeper. And the film has not exactly a happy ending.
7. Arrival (2016)
The military is asking Dr Louise Banks, who has just lost her only daughter, to communicate with a mysterious extraterrestrial race— their job is to translate their complicated language. She learns its circular alphabet that alters her perception of time, allowing her to simultaneously experience the past, present and future. So Louise realizes she didn’t have her child yet.
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Waking up after a car crash, the main character, Michelle, finds herself trapped in a man’s basement claiming that he saved her from a chemical attack, that aliens have exterminated all of humanity, and that the world outside the bunker is unfit for life. She tries to escape and when she finally succeeds she realizes that it’s all true — aliens have invaded the Earth. You are not even going to guess what Michelle is doing next!
9. Certified Copy (2011)
The principal character, James, is a British writer. He arrives for a conference on the question of authenticity in the arts at a small Tuscan town. There, he meets a woman in a cafe, who is mistaken by the owner for his wife. The 2 decide to play along, pretending to be a married couple and continue this roleplay for a ride around the area. But that innocent game soon becomes very alarming.
10. Gone Girl (2014)
Returning home early to celebrate their fifth birthday, Nick discovers he is missing his wife. Her disappearance was so sudden that it gained much public attention, as Amy was the inspiration for a series of popular books written by her parents for children. Police find clues during the investigation which indicate Nick as the main suspect. At the same time, the ending will wail you and amaze you.
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