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violator14 7/16/2010 8:48:38 AM

dam... super spoiler alerts!! I havent seen half these movies...  =(

troopershades 7/16/2010 8:49:36 AM

 The Game.

The Prestige.

Wiseguy 7/16/2010 8:50:18 AM

The thing about some movies like Sixth Sense is that if you're not among the first to see it once you hear about this awesome twist at the end you start looking for it. If you go in fresh you just enjoy the movie and don't look for the surprise. Nowadays once someone mentions surprise twist or mindfuck most people start playing detective and forget to enjoy the movie.

ddamaged 7/16/2010 9:00:33 AM

wessmith1966 Try watching Abre los Ojos the far superior Spanish film that Vanilla Sky was based on.

And I agree with you about Empire, no one who saw that in the theatre when it first came out expected that one! But try telling that to so many people born in the 80s and 90s who think the big reveal in Empire was a forgone conclusion.


LadyBrowncoat 7/16/2010 9:59:54 AM

 Absolutely agree with 1, 3 and 4.

swisshammer 7/16/2010 10:09:59 AM

Man, a lot of what you guys are suggesting are mindfucks are really just movies with twists in it. Same goes for the list. If you want mindfucks, then I've got a few suggestions:

Waking Life


The Fountain

American Psycho

Apocalypse Now

The Beyond

Although I totally agree with Jacob's Latter being number 1 and I also thought that Naked Lunch totally deserved to be on the list. Videodrome is another great mindfuck, as well as Dark City. Good call on those, guys. All great flicks in my opinion.

Now, if you're talking about movies with amazing plot twists, one of my favorites that should top that kind of list is The Conversation. Or maybe even Being There. Both are amazing movies. Check 'em out if you haven't already.

swisshammer 7/16/2010 10:12:58 AM

And I agree with Wiseguy: Forget about trying to solve the riddle in the movie. Just go, watch, and have a good time.

Tonebone 7/16/2010 10:21:38 AM

Some of these I have yet to see, full or all the way through. So I def won't be reading the entire article yet.

Might get some WTF here, but I only saw Donnie Darko and Memento for the first time this year. I def think both qualify as mindf**ks. Though I could not grasp what the f**k was going on in Donnie Darko and most likely will have to watch it again. Memento, on the other hand, took me three attempts to get through the first 15 minutes before finishing it. It was amazing. And while I think I need to watch it again to make sense of how the pieces fit, I sort of came away from it knowing what was going on.


I tried watching Jacob's Ladder one day and while enjoyable so far, I found some parts just a bit disturbing and stopped. It may have just been a bad day, cause it takes a lot to shake me up.


I'll never forget the first time I saw Fight Club. Still in awe of that movie to this day. Even without the twist, I think its a mindf**k in that you just can't believe someone could subject themselves to that kind of brutality.


FrozenFear 7/16/2010 10:53:41 AM

To quote Nelson Muntz's take on Naked Lunch: "I can find two things wrong with that title"

My votes:


Fight Club


The Sixth Sense

The Game

Usual Suspects

I tried watching The Jacket and Butterfly Effect once back-to-back with a nice buzz going. Did not go well.

djphillips25 7/16/2010 11:29:11 AM

The biggest mindfuck should be why is the matrix so popular. It's a really good action flick, but as a sci-fi flick it is severly lacking. Plotholes abound. Number 1, why is it Neo can do all these things in the Matrix that nobody else can, when the big secret behind his power is accepting that there is no spoon (in other words, nothing in the Matrix really exists.) If someone told me the world I was living in doesn't really exist and then proceeds to jump across rooftops with ease, chosen one or not, I'd be flying in a second, turn bullets into raindrops and all other kinds of trippy crap. Why did it take him getting shot to finally realize that the world wasn't real. And how could they find him in the real world when the body that wasn't really his swallows a pill that isn't really there? And when they did find him, what were the odds that his real body would look like his Matrix body? He's never actually seen himself, how would he really know what he looks like. 2 different actors should have played Neo. At least initially. After he's seen his true face, then he could go into the Matrix as his true self. And unless you have a superhuman brain, I can't see someone learning martial arts or how to fly a helicopter in a matter of seconds.

And if the Matrix could create any reality it wanted to, why would they choose the late 1990's? If I wanted to trap people's minds in a false reality that I didn't want them to escape, I would create a world based around something like the 1600's. Neo would have burned Morpheus as a witch instead of standing there like a moron.

And finally, how is that people who are freed from a fake world set in the late 1990's into a post apocalyptic reality possibly have the tools, hardware and know how to create flying battleships and giant robotic battlesuits. That's way beyond our ability more than ten years later. And why would put their trust in these machines after escpaing enslavement from other machines. I'd want to be as far away from anything mechanical as I could.

Still, it was a good action movie.

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