We Indians have looked up to Hollywood movies as being ahead of Indian Cinema but there are a few gems which were greatly ahead, even by Hollywood’s time. The list is consists of a lot of variety – Utopian movies, which show a perfect future, an idea of playing around with dreams, human consciousness, artificial intelligence or taking over the dreams. On the polar opposite side, a few movies show thought so simple & sorted that it seems enlightening. In the context, we here at FlickZee bring you such movies, and urge you to add them to your bucket list, because if they make you lean back and make you say that “This certainly wouldn’t have worked in that era” we would be glad to have suggested a movie that stayed. If the movie even was a wonder in their era, creating a story very dissimilar to the ones created in that time, we ask you to sit down and marvel at the thought process of the creators.
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Space Odyssey: One of the most influential science fiction movies ever made, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, is a riveting tale of man’s voyage into the stars and what he encounters among them. The movie consists of four parts. The ‘Dawn of Man’ where hominids scavenge day to day for food, shelter & water in small groups. They discover a black monolith out of the blue in the middle of a desert. Fighting each other and using a tool for the first time in the history of humanity. The hominid uses a bone to kill its prey which tosses in the air and then cuts to a satellite in the space. This is by far, the longest cut in the history of cinematography, spanning to millions of years. The second part in which Dr Heywood travels to the moon to check the detection of a strange black object on the moon’s surface: a black monolith. The third part is far in the future when a mission to Jupiter accompany 3 hibernating astronauts and HAL 9000 supercomputer which controls all the working of the spaceship. The fourth and the final part is about the transformation and the final part of the role of the Black Monolith in the human civilization.
Interstellar’ is a gripping tale of future possibilities. Earth slowly becomes an uninhabitable planet, with such a situation at hand Cooper (an ex NASA pilot), is called to duty to find another planet where survival is feasible. They travel through black holes, hop from planet to planet and experience how time plays around in different parts of the universe.
The movie won several awards including three Oscars and over 125 nominations to its bag. The reason was a movie like this never made before, or after. Jake replaces his brother on a mission to an alien land, Pandora, where he falls in love with an alien, and fights for them as well. The movie is all blue. Literally, and figuratively. And the visuals are a delight to the eyes.
Edge of Tomorrow
An alien race hits the earth. Cage, a soldier is trapped in time to live a day over and over again, beginning every time he dies. With each battle, Cage improvises himself and, with the help of Rita, takes back upon the aliens. Caught in the time loop of today, right at the edge of tomorrow, that’s how the movie gets its name.
A cutting-edge thriller, ‘Inception’ is the story of Cobb (a thief) who is skilled in the art of entering people’s dreams and reading their thoughts. He steals information in this manner. Cobb later gets tangled in the blame of murdering his own wife and the only legal way out and meet his children, is the inception of an idea in one of the competitor’s minds.
This is a psychological thriller that includes two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, all working together to track down a serial killer who rationalizes his crimes as a release for the world’s ignorance of the 7 deadly sins. David Mills is a rookie Detective who is accompanied by a veteran Detective, William Somerset and together they trace each and every step of the killer as they come closer to a ghastly fate that neither of them could have imagined.
For Daniel Gallagher, life is good. He has a beautiful wife, named Beth, and an adorable daughter. He is doing pretty well in his law firm as well. But things go south when he has a sexual fling with a book editor, Alex. Alex had a really dark past and after that fling, she becomes obsessed with Dan. This obsession turns out to be dangerous for Dan and his family as well. Unstable Alex starts stalking his family and threatens to tell everything to Beth, his wife. If you’re into a mood of some classic betrayal based erotic mystery thriller this weekend, Fatal Attraction is there to serve you.
The Truman Show
Documented since the birth of Truman Burbank, The Truman Show is a live show directed by the visionary producer Christof who intends on filming every moment and movement of Truman’s life. Truman is the main protagonist of the show and every other character in his life is an actor. All of these were being recorded without his knowledge until one day he begins to sense that something wasn’t right. The film takes one on a comical journey of how Truman acts on his realization.
Rick Deckard, a former police officer knows that his job as a blade runner is to track bioengineered beings called replicants and retire (kill) them. His supervisor, Bryant wants him to hunt down the violent Leon and his team of replicants Roy, Batty, Pris and Zohra who were the creations of a man named Tyrell. What Deckard didn’t know was that these replicants were, in turn, hunting him. Rachael comes into Deckard’s life after he meets Tyrell and he is told that she is also a replicant who thinks that she is a human due to her false memories. Deckard moves forward with his hunt encountering tough situations and Rachael struggles with the question of her existence. Among thrilling action, shocking revelations and unforeseen betrayals, their love blossoms. Watch the movie to find out the fate of Deckard, whether he is the hunter or becomes the hunted?
Pulp fiction is a Tarantino classic and one of the establishing films of his career. Winner of Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and many more awards, this cult classic is about two hitmen, Jules and Vincent who work for the crime boss, Marcellus Wallace. Their lives change when they set out on a hunt for the contents of a briefcase stolen from their boss. They run into never-ending & unexpected detours along the road. On their way, they also meet the Boss’s wife Mia who complicates the situation even further. The movies forms a series of closely related but estranged short stories of comedy and crime that each end up being an unforeseen event including abrupt tweaks, deaths and intense conclusions of crime and its following consequences.
12 Angry Men
The fate of a young man on trial for murder hangs in the balance as an entire jury declares him guilty- except one lone juror. What begins as a seemingly open and shut case devolves into an exhaustive, emotionally-charged analysis, revealing the many biases and prejudices that people exhibit and how they cloud sound judgement. It also demonstrates the power of a single voice among many others trying to drown it out.
Fight Club begins with an unnamed narrator being utterly dissatisfied with his life and his job. He has earned himself regular dosage of insomnia. The narrator attends a support group and there he meets another sufferer like him, Marla. Both of them seem to connect with each other very well. The story goes on and the narrator meets a soap salesman, Tyler, and from here the story takes a turn. The two men fight with each other to release their aggression and this ultimately gives birth to a ‘Fight Club’ at the basement of a bar. This incident gathers a lot of public attention and frustrated men start coming there to fight each other off, as a form of recreation. Soon enough, a lot of such fight clubs open up all across the country, which paves way for a new kind of revolution against the establishment.
In the dystopian future, the city of Metropolis is run by industrialists and wealthy businessmen who reside in the high-rise towers. The power to run the city is derived by exploiting the weaker and poor sections of the society by making them work in the “heart machine”. Jon Fredersen is the city’s master. His son, Freder, one day, was fascinated by a poor worker Maria when she brought some poor kids to the top so they can see their rich “brothers” live. With this fascination, Freder descends to the lower levels to see the cruelty and injustice done to poor. He now decides to end it all.
Four friends. Aaron, Abe, Phillip and Robert are working on an innovation prototype that will set the world reeling. The prototype eventually turns out to be a time machine. Made with an unbelievable budget of 7000 dollars, the movie was overtly complicated and layered for its time. It only gained popularity in the latter years when the world of Sci-fi grew to become a cult.
In a dystopian future, humanity is locked in a losing battle against artificial intelligence and machines. Most humans are now slaves to the machines, trapped in a simulation called the Matrix. A small group of rebels, led by the enigmatic Morpheus, desperately try to turn the tide of the war by freeing and recruiting more people. When they rescue a computer hacker called Neo, they hope he can be their salvation and lead mankind to freedom.
They Won’t Forget
The Wolf of Wall Street
Saving Private Ryan
The Silence of the Lambs
Have suggestions? We’d be glad to hear you out. And if you haven’t seen a movie amongst the suggested ones, what are you waiting for? Grab comfortable pillows, dim the lights and go on a lip biting adventure.