Movies/books like Matrix/Inception, that make you think, long after they end?

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#2 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15220 posts) -

Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure

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Because long after it ends, I keep thinking about how awesome the late 80's were.

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#3 Posted by creaturemagic (641 posts) -

So, after seeing the Matrix trilogy on sale I bought all 3 on Bluray, as I had seen them before, enjoyed them, but never owned them myself. Anyway, I watched them all last week, and watched Inception as well, as I was looking for movies with interesting concepts. Like that we live in a computer program, or that dreams can be entered and changed. I enjoy these movies and even games like Deus Ex, because they make me think even after I've finished them. Lost did the same thing, with the whole Island, and just the way people interacted on the Island.

So, I suppose you could say I'm looking for Sci-fi that makes the viewer think, that presents a very intruiging idea and leaves you with it, to think about for as long as you want.
I'm looking for a movie primarily,  but I haven't had a book to read in a few months now, so a good book that does the same sort of things would be great too!

PS: I hope I've explained it well enough  

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#4 Posted by ferrari2001 (17763 posts) -
Memento. If you havent seen it go watch nao.
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#5 Posted by chessmaster1989 (30204 posts) -

Pan's Labyrinth is a wonderful movie.

InEMplease

I don't think it makes you think so much as decide what you want to believe about the ending (although perhaps I'm wrong, I wasn't analyzing it all that closely to try to figure out whether it was true or not). It is a great movie though, I just prefer to interpret the ending as...

[spoiler] It actually happening, rather than it being a last trick of her imagination [/spoiler]

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#6 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13796 posts) -

Primer

13th floor

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#7 Posted by DharmaMember77 (2377 posts) -

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World on a Wire

The novel this movie is based on is actually one of the earliest depictions of virtual reality in science fiction.

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#8 Posted by Laihendi (5876 posts) -
I recommend Moon and Deep Impact, which stars Elijah Wood. Elijah always has a prominent role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
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#9 Posted by lamprey263 (35149 posts) -
Fahrenheit 451, when I read it I thought it was supposed to be about state censorship, but that wasn't the impression I got from the book at all. Instead it rather seemed to be about peoples' preoccupation with entertainment media, and a complete apathy of worldly affairs and current events. Ignorant about their nation going to war, the protagonist doesn't even realize that was happening until leaving the city, where the city was attacked and destroyed. I haven't thought about it long but it's my feelings about the books intentions seem to differ than the popular conception of the book. I keep seeing people argue that it's about controlling the population, rather I feel it symbolizes a willfulness of the people to resign their idealism to self indulgence. It wasn't the picture of firefighters that burned books that I felt embodies the story, rather it was the room where the walls were TV panels and people gathered to watch violent entertainment, completely unaware that some foreign nation had bombers on their way to drop nukes on them.
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#10 Posted by Brutal_Elitegs (16426 posts) -

So, I suppose you could say I'm looking for Sci-fi that makes the viewer think, that presents a very intruiging idea and leaves you with it, to think about for as long as you want. creaturemagic


2001. If you want I guess you can read the book, but the film is better.

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#11 Posted by Laihendi (5876 posts) -
For books I strongly recommend Atlas Shrugged, which includes elements of science-fiction and is very thought-provoking. Vector Prime from the New Jedi Order series is also very good, and is perhaps my favourite Star Wars novel.
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#12 Posted by Big_Pecks (5973 posts) -

Memento. If you havent seen it go watch nao. ferrari2001


I still don't get this film. 

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#13 Posted by WolfattheDoor34 (3278 posts) -
thread title is hilarious, good job
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#14 Posted by ferrari2001 (17763 posts) -

[QUOTE="ferrari2001"]Memento. If you havent seen it go watch nao. Big_Pecks



I still don't get this film. 

Then watch it again.. Raaaat Naooo.
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#15 Posted by one_plum (6516 posts) -

Battlefield Earth is worth a look.

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#16 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

Just read good sci fi books like the Foundation trilogy, The Robot Series, Frankenstein, etc.

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#17 Posted by BenedictArnold7 (743 posts) -
[QUOTE="Big_Pecks"]

[QUOTE="ferrari2001"]Memento. If you havent seen it go watch nao. ferrari2001



I still don't get this film. 

Then watch it again.. Raaaat Naooo.

I saw it... it was very clever, but exhausting to watch.
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#18 Posted by Shadow4020 (2097 posts) -

Primer

Dear God, that movie, man...that movie.

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#19 Posted by Baranga (14217 posts) -

Ubik, The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint. All three written by Philip K. Dick.

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#20 Posted by Nibroc420 (13571 posts) -

Primer

GummiRaccoon

After watching it 3 times in one day, i think i finally understood it, and the timeline within it.

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#21 Posted by KungfuKitten (25166 posts) -

Magnolia made me think for some time.
There haven't been that many movies that give food for thought.

Perhaps the Green Mile? But I don't really remember how it ended or thinking about it...

The final Sherlock episode from the BBC... If you haven't watched that series go watch it! It's pretty good.
The final episode has a bit of a cliffhanger and I think I figured it out.

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#22 Posted by creaturemagic (641 posts) -

So, I watched momento, anyone care to share their thoughts?
I don't like to believe this, but I do believe he was Sammy Jenkins, and that he is just a ruthless killer who will go on killing people because he doesn't remember anything. How can you feel guilty, or sad about what you've done, when you don't know you did it? 

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#23 Posted by MonoSilver (1392 posts) -
Donnie Darko left me wondering what the hell I'd just watched. I enjoy it and have seen it several times now but still don't fully understand it.
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#24 Posted by KungfuKitten (25166 posts) -

Primer

Dear God, that movie, man...that movie.

Shadow4020
I'm gonna watch that one if you think it's decent. I skipped it before because the scores weren't high but you got me interested.
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#25 Posted by MetalDogGear (825 posts) -

Read Cloud Atlas (not the movie)

 

Also check out The Golden Compass series if you are into anti-religion novels.

 

And watch Citizen Kane. 

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#26 Posted by Jd1680a (5958 posts) -
Life of Pi had me thinking about it a few days after it ended.
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#27 Posted by MetalDogGear (825 posts) -
Life of Pi had me thinking about it a few days after it ended.Jd1680a
I know right? So damn good.
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#28 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10701 posts) -

the lathe of heaven.(1980)

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#29 Posted by Perfect_Blue (30629 posts) -

Ubik, The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint. All three written by Philip K. Dick.

Baranga

No A Scanner Darkly nor Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? shens

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#30 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13796 posts) -

For books I strongly recommend Atlas Shrugged, which includes elements of science-fiction and is very thought-provoking. Vector Prime from the New Jedi Order series is also very good, and is perhaps my favourite Star Wars novel.Laihendi

 

Atlas shrugged is incredibly poorly written, libertarian here.

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#31 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28392 posts) -

[QUOTE="creaturemagic"]

So, I watched momento, anyone care to share their thoughts?
I don't like to believe this, but I do believe he was Sammy Jenkins, and that he is just a ruthless killer who will go on killing people because he doesn't remember anything. How can you feel guilty, or sad about what you've done, when you don't know you did it? 

XVision84

*SPOILERS FOR MEMENTO*

No man, he isn't sam jenkins. You know this because the ONE truth you know (and you're reminded of) throughout the entire movie is that his wife died by a man. He's haunted by countless flashbacks of that incident, and that's where his condition began. It's his last real memory. So when that person tries to tell him that he is sammy jenkins, he knew he was lying according to the picture and his last memory.

... He is Sammy. There's a shot that confirms this in the film, when they show Sammy in the mental ward and then there's a sudden flash of Leonard sitting in the chair.

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#32 Posted by XVision84 (13985 posts) -

So, I watched momento, anyone care to share their thoughts?
I don't like to believe this, but I do believe he was Sammy Jenkins, and that he is just a ruthless killer who will go on killing people because he doesn't remember anything. How can you feel guilty, or sad about what you've done, when you don't know you did it? 

creaturemagic

*SPOILERS FOR MEMENTO*

No man, he isn't sam jenkins. You know this because the ONE truth you know (and you're reminded of) throughout the entire movie is that his wife died by a man. He's haunted by countless flashbacks of that incident, and that's where his condition began. It's his last real memory. So when that person tries to tell him that he is sammy jenkins, he knew he was lying according to the picture and his last memory.

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#33 Posted by XVision84 (13985 posts) -

[QUOTE="XVision84"]

[QUOTE="creaturemagic"]

So, I watched momento, anyone care to share their thoughts?
I don't like to believe this, but I do believe he was Sammy Jenkins, and that he is just a ruthless killer who will go on killing people because he doesn't remember anything. How can you feel guilty, or sad about what you've done, when you don't know you did it? 

sammyjenkis898

*SPOILERS FOR MEMENTO*

No man, he isn't sam jenkins. You know this because the ONE truth you know (and you're reminded of) throughout the entire movie is that his wife died by a man. He's haunted by countless flashbacks of that incident, and that's where his condition began. It's his last real memory. So when that person tries to tell him that he is sammy jenkins, he knew he was lying according to the picture and his last memory.

... He is Sammy. There's a shot that confirms this in the film, when they show Sammy in the mental ward and then there's a sudden flash of Leonard sitting in the chair.

yeah nevermind, my bad, I just went over the movie.

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#34 Posted by DharmaMember77 (2377 posts) -

[QUOTE="XVision84"]

[QUOTE="creaturemagic"]

So, I watched momento, anyone care to share their thoughts?
I don't like to believe this, but I do believe he was Sammy Jenkins, and that he is just a ruthless killer who will go on killing people because he doesn't remember anything. How can you feel guilty, or sad about what you've done, when you don't know you did it? 

sammyjenkis898

*SPOILERS FOR MEMENTO*

No man, he isn't sam jenkins. You know this because the ONE truth you know (and you're reminded of) throughout the entire movie is that his wife died by a man. He's haunted by countless flashbacks of that incident, and that's where his condition began. It's his last real memory. So when that person tries to tell him that he is sammy jenkins, he knew he was lying according to the picture and his last memory.

... He is Sammy. There's a shot that confirms this in the film, when they show Sammy in the mental ward and then there's a sudden flash of Leonard sitting in the chair.

Also the shot of him giving his wife insulin.

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#35 Posted by Riverwolf007 (26023 posts) -

yeah... i saw inception and thought long and hard about what a terrible  badly written piece of crap it was.

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#36 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

[QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"]

[QUOTE="XVision84"]

*SPOILERS FOR MEMENTO*

No man, he isn't sam jenkins. You know this because the ONE truth you know (and you're reminded of) throughout the entire movie is that his wife died by a man. He's haunted by countless flashbacks of that incident, and that's where his condition began. It's his last real memory. So when that person tries to tell him that he is sammy jenkins, he knew he was lying according to the picture and his last memory.

DharmaMember77

... He is Sammy. There's a shot that confirms this in the film, when they show Sammy in the mental ward and then there's a sudden flash of Leonard sitting in the chair.

Also the shot of him giving his wife insulin.

Then what's the deal with his wife getting murdered? Did that just never happen? Or are we meant to be guessing?

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#37 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28392 posts) -

[QUOTE="DharmaMember77"]

[QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"]

... He is Sammy. There's a shot that confirms this in the film, when they show Sammy in the mental ward and then there's a sudden flash of Leonard sitting in the chair.

cain006

Also the shot of him giving his wife insulin.

Then what's the deal with his wife getting murdered? Did that just never happen? Or are we meant to be guessing?

He killed his wife.
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#38 Posted by MickeyTheNinja (3824 posts) -

So, I watched momento, anyone care to share their thoughts?
I don't like to believe this, but I do believe he was Sammy Jenkins, and that he is just a ruthless killer who will go on killing people because he doesn't remember anything. How can you feel guilty, or sad about what you've done, when you don't know you did it? 

creaturemagic
What??? How could you get that out of the movie when they tell you exactly what happened at the end???!!! And people thinking Inception is deep is beyond me. They literally explain everything that's happening.