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Movies like Inception that play games with your mind

Vaibhavi

Vaibhavi
May 23, 2021

Some movies entertain you while at the same time leave you with a bunch of questions to ponder on even after the films are over. The movies warrant repeat viewing to figure out the layers upon layers of information and ultra-cool concepts that the filmmakers have infused them with. They challenge viewers and are made with an intent to drive them to delve deep into the stories, by building up intrigue and demanding attention.

With several layers of complexity and mystery, here are some movies that will test your deduction skills and promise a visceral treat

1
Inception
9OTTplay Rating
Christopher Nolan's monumental work, Inception is the story of a group of specialists who enter the mind of a corporate magnate and use a dream-within-a-dream technology to plant an idea in his brain. Leonardo DiCaprio and Nolan together have weaved magic on the screen. With the blurring lines between reality and imagination, this brain-rummaging movie deserves all the rewatching.
2
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
8.7OTTplay Rating
The story revolves around a couple, resentful of their failed relationship to the extent that they attempt to erase the other from their memories through medical procedures. However, the inevitable love blooms as they meet again and the man falls in love. With puzzling visuals and constant flashbacks, the movie will demand all your attention.
3
Birdman
8.1OTTplay Rating
The story is about a once-famous movie star who desperately tries to resurrect his fallen status by trying to produce and act in a Broadway project. But underneath it all, he suffers from his inner self trying to explore where his insecurities lie. With top-notch performances and amazing direction, the movie feels like one continuous shot.
4
Shutter Island
8.6OTTplay Rating
The twisted World War II story tell the tale of a US Marshall who lands in Shutter Island in search of a missing mental patient while things become chaotic once a hurricane hits the island and blocks all communication. As he loses his sanity and begins to question everything, the movie, directed by Martin Scorcese and has DiCaprio in the lead, mirrors the man’s disturbed state of mind.
5
Cloud Atlas
7.7OTTplay Rating
Running over six different eras, the movie demonstrates how a man’s action can affect the past, future and present. The multi-layered masterpiece is filled with underlying concepts of freedom and oppression.  With a stellar cast and excellent performances, the movie will keep you on your toes.
6
The Machinist
7.9OTTplay Rating
This is the story of a factory worker who hasn’t slept for a year and begins to experience extreme weight loss. Soon post-it notes start turning up on his fridge and he becomes concerned for a co-worker who might not exist, making him question his sanity. It is carried by an exceptional performance by Christian Bale, who underwent a drastic body transformation to get into the skin of the factory worker.
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