The Prestige, is a 2006 psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan based on the screenplay by his brother Jonathan Nolan from the work of the same name by author Christopher Priest. Priest’s work won the World Fantasy Award in 1995.
In the late 19th century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough, and Alfred Borden were friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death, and they become enemies. The two become famous magicians and rivals, sabotaging the other’s performance on stage. When Alfred pulls off a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed with trying to reveal his competitor’s secret with tragic consequences.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Performer: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson,…
Time: 2h 10 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.5
Release year: 2006
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 film, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the novels by Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The film depicts Andy who lives for nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison, a fictional prison in Maine, and his friendship with Red, a fellow inmate. as well as their life in prison.
The film is a prime example of the potential gap between initial success in the cinemas and glittering accolades. Despite being estranged at the theater and not generating enough profits to recoup the cost of making the film, The Shawshank Redemption received generally positive reviews from critics and was subsequently a resounding success as well. widely regarded as one of the greatest films on many critics’ pages.
Andy with his integrity and sincerity he completely changed the life around him. Despite being thrown into a place as hopeless and evil as Shawshank, Andy has brought freedom, laughter and hope to the people who have grown old because of their sins in this prison.
Director: Frank Darabont
Performer: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton,…
Time: 2h 22 minutes
IMDb Score: 9.3
Release year: 1994
The Shining is a psychological drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick, rewritten by Diane Johnson from the Stephen King novel and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers. Initially, The Shining was really estranged from critics with not-so-positive reviews, it was only decades later that the film received reviews worthy of its reach.
The story revolves around Jack Torrance, a new writer who takes on the role of winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel – which was once considered a sacred land of the Indians. Overlook in the winter is a closed place and completely isolated from the outside world, in addition, this place is also known for bizarre and mysterious events such as the death of Grady – Jack’s predecessor. his family at the main in this hotel. In addition, Jack’s son Danny also began to talk about the strange friends he met at his new home.
Taking on isolation, director Stanley Kubrick seems to want to portray a realistic image of human social connection. Humans are an integral part of the community and if the ability to integrate is limited, people themselves will not be able to maintain their sanity anymore.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Performer: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd,…
Time: 2h 26 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.4
Release year: 1980
Pulp Fiction is the second work of director Quantin Tarantino and is also the launching pad for his name to be famous in the history of Hollywood cinema as well as polishing the names of actors John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson. It is no coincidence that Pulp Fiction has become a cinematic monument that many information channels still have to appreciate.
First of all, the way the film is scripted into many discrete stories and then reassembled into a complete unity will really make viewers have to watch each footage because of the thought-provoking. The second is the charisma and humorous but also very intelligent dialogues of the characters in the film, thereby showing the liberal lifestyle, letting go of reality, being indifferent to their actions that the film cleverly shows. skillful criticism.
And finally, there are iconic moments of the film, like the dialogue scene between Mia and Vincent, the scene where Jules and Vincent are robbed at the cafe after Jules decides to wash his hands and put down his sword, the scene where Butch risks filming again. his apartment in search of his father’s memorabilia. All become ingredients for a premium dish called Pulp Fiction that only when you eat can you feel the taste.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Performer: Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta, Uma Thurman,…
Time: 2h 34 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.9
Release year: 1994
SE7EN is a 1995 Neo-noir crime film directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker.
A film about two murder detectives (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) on the hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as relief for the world’s ignorance of the Seven. Deadly Sin. The film takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next, as social patient “John Doe” (Kevin Spacey) explains to detectives Somerset and Mills – one crime at a time.
The Sin of Gluttony is at the forefront and the killer’s terrifying powers are presented graphically with the dark and soft tones typical of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but impatient Somerset studies the Seven Deadly Sins in an attempt to understand the killer’s modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) mocks the attempts his power to penetrate the mind of a murderer.
Director: David Fincher.
Performer: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey…
Time: 2h 7 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.6
Release year: 1995
Batman: The Dark Knight
Referring to the name Christopher Nolan besides Inception, Interstellar and Memento, one cannot forget the three-part Batman film series directed by him. And the second part of the series, Batman: The Dark Knight is a typical example, a film that has blown a new breath into the superhero movie movement from that time to the present.
In addition to upholding noble human values such as chivalry, self-sacrifice for the community and the will to overcome fear through the image of Gotham City’s Batman hero. Nolan also paints the chaotic, cruel and evil selves in each of us through the image of the Joker, a criminal with nothing more than to “see the whole world on fire” with his crazy laughter.
In addition, the film also raises a burning question: “Are good people strong enough to hold their will before they become a bad guy?” through the character Harvey Dent, an upright prosecutor was harmed by the Joker and assimilated into a brutal Two Face criminal.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Performer: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman,…
Time: 2h 32 minutes
IMDb Score: 9.0
Release year: 2008
Psycho is a 1960 psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is based on a screenplay by Joseph Stefano, adapted from the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. Psycho has always been considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films.
Phoenix office worker Marion Crane was fed up with the way life treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam during her lunch break, and they can’t get married because Sam has to give most of his money to support. One Friday, Marion was entrusted with forty thousand dollars by her employer. Seeing an opportunity to take money and start a new life, Marion left town and went to Sam’s California store. Tired from a long drive and a storm, she exited the main highway and entered the Bates Motel. The motel is run by a quiet young man named Norman, who seems to be dominated by his mother.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Performer: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera miles,…
Time: 1h 49 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.5
Release year: 1960
Shutter Island is a film based on the novel of the same name by writer Dennis Lehane. With a cast of veteran actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley, along with an interesting concept background, Shutter Island truly has the ability to fascinate, intrigue, and even deliver emotion. bewilderment to the audience.
The story follows the adventures of Inspector Dennis Lehane and his partner Chuck to Shutter Island – an island designed to build medical facilities to treat psychiatric criminals. Dennis and Chuck are tasked with investigating the disappearance of Rachel Solando, a patient with a history of murdering her own three children. From the moment he stepped foot on the cold and isolated island, Dennis noticed something very familiar in the landscape and the evil was gradually emerging.
Throughout the film, the main character Dennis, in addition to searching for Solando, also has to decipher the hidden corners of Shutter Island and his memories. What is this island really built for and has Dennis ever set foot here before? Revolving around this question, the film gives viewers suffocating moments by depicting the tragic perspective of the patients at Shutter Island – who made a mistake and then their humanity was ruined. society abandoned and pushed into the dead end.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Performer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley,…
Time: 2h 18 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.2
Release year: 2010
In The Machinist, Trevor Reznik is a mechanic in a factory. A severe case of insomnia kept him from sleeping for a year, and his body withered to almost nothing. He is obsessively forced to write reminders to himself and keep track of his declining weight, both scrawled on yellow sticky notes in his apartment.
The only person he comes into his life in an emotional sense is Stevie, a prostitute, though he has a crush on Maria, a waitress who works in an airport diner. His co-workers don’t socialize and don’t trust him because not knowing what’s going on in his life has resulted in him having a dilapidated appearance.
An incident at work further alienates him from co-workers, and combined with some strange pieces of paper he finds in his apartment, Trevor believes that someone or several people – possibly a or some of his colleagues – are out to capture him, using a ghost agent named Ivan as their front. As Trevor continues to search for evidence of Ivan’s plots and whereabouts, Trevor is able to figure out what really caused his insomnia.
Director: Brad Anderson
Performer: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon,…
Time: 1h 41 minutes
IMDb Score: 7.7
Release year: 2004
Fight Club is a film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton and directed by David Fincher – a prominent name with works such as Se7en, Gone Girl ,…
Fight Club revolves around a young man working as an insurance inspector, daily sitting in the office as well as handling accidents related to compensation issues. A favorable job gives him a stable standard of living and a comfortable home, but at the same time makes him depressed because his life is too monotonous and lonely. This has caused him to suffer from insomnia and often have to go to support centers to find someone to talk to. However, his life turned completely upside down after meeting the two characters Marla Singer and Tyler Durden.
With its satirical scenes, Fight Club is like a punch straight into the realities of today’s society. People are increasingly dependent on material values and frivolous things, as well as the inspector’s life, full but also meaningless. The film has its own personality with humorous dialogues with depth and complex psychological developments due to, in addition, the content is firmly developed with the main theme expressed through the characters’ dialogue. Tyler Durden: “You’re only really free after you’ve left everything behind!”
Director: David Fincher
Performer: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter,…
Time: 2h 19 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.8
Release year: 1999
A superhero-themed movie with a heavy atmosphere adapted from the comic book series of the same name by author Alan Moore, Watchmen is a successful product from director Zack Snyder who is known for films his dark tones.
Movie Watchmen brings thoughts through each character, a Comedian who despises jokes and despises government control, a Roasach skeptical of it all, an optimistic Nite Owl who believes in change, Dr Mahatthan alone with his ultimate strength. In addition, Watchmen also touches on a variety of political issues such as American liberal ideology and how it creates criminals on the streets for heroes to clean up, and superheroes like Dr. Mahatthan is used as a military and political weapon to intimidate oppositions, as well as to question the true peace that superheroes can create.
Director: Zack Snyder
Performer: Malin Okerman, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan,…
Time: 2h 42 minutes
IMDb Score: 7.6
Release year: 2009
Forrest Gump was a film that won six Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing and Best Picture in 1994. This is also a movie that contributes to the success of actor Tom Hank.
Unlike other candidates on the list, Forrest Gump revolves around the story of a peaceful and energetic life of a person with an IQ of 75 named Forrest Gump. Throughout America’s tumultuous historical journey in the mid-twentieth century, with his pure soul and relentless efforts, Forrest overcame life’s difficulties and even helped those around him. get rid of guilt and crime to build a better future.
The film deals with the relationship between people and history, describing how the changes of the times change who we are. In addition, the film also brings a strong inspiration and optimism from the character Forrest Gump, a man who is less worried about ambiguities and only focuses on the path he will run to the end of the journey. .
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Performer: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise,…
Time: 2h 22 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.8
Release year: 1994
Misery is a film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, which earned Kathy Bates the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the villain Annie Wilkes.
Misery revolves around the main character Paul Sheldon, a famous writer with the work of Misery, who was on his way through Silver Creek Canyon when he was involved in an accident due to collision with an avalanche. Fortunately, Paul was saved by Annie Wilkes, a nurse living in isolation in the wild mountain forest where Paul had an accident. After waking up from a coma, the writer expressed gratitude to Annie and suddenly realized that this nurse had read the manuscript of the work he intended to write after Misery.
The film has portrayed the madness in Annie’s boundless admiration for Paul’s literature, to the point where she uses all sorts of tricks, even hurting her idol to protect the existence of her idol. in the work of Misery.
Director: Rob reiner
Performer: Kathy Bates, James Caan, Lauren Bacall,…
Time: 1h 47 minutes
IMDb Score: 7.8
Release year: 1990
In the film Donnie Darko, protagonist Donnie Darko doesn’t get along too well with her family, teachers, and classmates; but he manages to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen who agrees to go on a date with him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist who discovers hypnosis as a means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion might not be a true ally.
Donnie has a friend named Frank, a large rabbit that only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off the plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both this event and Donnie’s escape appear to have been caused by supernatural events.
Director: Richard Kelly
Performer: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone,…
Time: 1h 53 minutes
IMDb Score: 8.0
Release year: 2001
Memento As the second film in the career of talented director Christopher Nolan, the film also explores the method of shooting scenes depicting discrete events and then uniting them all into a complete story. This helped Nolan successfully portray the psychology of the film’s main character, Sammy Jankis, who suffers from short-term memory loss after an attack at his and his wife’s apartment. With his almost incompatible mental state, Sammy still decides to track down the person who killed him and his late wife.
Although it did not win major awards, Memento received very positive reviews from critics, even the film is considered one of the most successful films of all time. It’s all thanks to the creativity in the creative way of the narration: a normal black and white story and a color story that is “reversed” step by step in time. The two stories “clash” at the end of the film to create a unified story. As well as positing a hypothesis about the ability to live and integrate of people with mental illnesses.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Performer: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano,…
Time: 1h 53 minutes
IMDB Score: 8.4
Release year: 2000