Movies That Will Make You Assess Your Own Reality

Watching movies can be thought provoking, as they tell lessons or stories based from the character’s experiences. The best movies in the industry are the ones that leave the audiences thinking because it makes the film less forgettable that way.

The most common question that a viewer may ask themselves is what would happen if they would be in the character’s shoes? What if their reality was not as normal as they have thought it to be? There is an endless list of questions that follow after watching a mind-boggling and disorienting film. From horror comedies to science fiction, ExploreTalent delivers to you the list of films that will make you question your own reality:

1. Cabin in the Woods (2012)

From left to right: Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

At first glance, Cabin in the Woods seems like your run in the mill teenage horror flick complete with the genre stereotype and the gore to match. To be honest, it is an average teenage horror flick, but with a very interesting twist. The plot follows a bunch of cliched characters (the virgin, the jock, the stoner, to name a few) who get stuck in a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere.

Now the twist here lies in the plot itself. What if there was a reason behind every cliched horror movie? Like a sadistic control system that is responsible of releasing evil to the world to please an even more sinister being? Needless to say, Cabin in the Woods is one of the most unique films out there and will truly satisfy fans of the genre.

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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What if you could completely forget a painful memory forever? The drama film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind explores that question. The two main characters (played by the charismatic Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey) have broken up, and that experience scarred them so much that they would do anything to free themselves of pain. So they consult a company to erase that memory, only to find out that in order to do so, they have to relive their memories backward.

What makes this movie so thought provoking are the characters, and this just doesn’t mean the two leads. Each supporting character has a story to tell and are connected somehow through the irony of heartbreak and unrequited love.

3. Funny Games (1997)

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This Austrian psychological film was remade ten years later, they follow the same plot, which involves two psychopaths who break in to torment a family. One of the primary twists here involves one of the intruders, who breaks the fourth wall, an act which is described speaking to the camera directly. What’s even more mind boggling about this film is that it breaks all traditional slasher film methods, such as rewinding the tape, killing the main character and even the young ones. It may be disturbing to watch, but it’s unique just the same.

4. The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix is regarded as one of the best science-fiction films of all time. The movie is also the most relevant on this list, as it does explore the question “what if reality is not what it seems?” in a more literal sense. In the film, the main character is able to find out that his world is nothing but virtual reality and is being controlled by higher beings to give them power.

5. Total Recall (1990)

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The movie follows Douglas Quiad, played by a post-Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger. Quiad discovers that his memory isn’t his own after getting a lot of troubling dreams involving the planet Mars. In a bid to gain back his true identity, Quiad travels to Mars. There, he finds out the reason behind his memories getting erased—and how he isn’t alone in his ordeal.

Total Recall is full of action and adventure and is truly an exciting one to watch.

6. The Truman Show (1998)

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This has to be one of Jim Carrey’s most memorable drama film. The title refers to a show that features a man (played by Carrey) who is completely unaware that he has been filmed his whole life. The movie’s theme is so realistic to the point that it could make one search his own home for hidden cameras in paranoia. The Truman Show became a critical and commercial success because of its story line and right balance of comedy and drama.