5 Movies That Are So Confusing They Make INCEPTION Easy To Follow
We watch movies to be entertained, and generally the film achieves this goal. However, every so often you’ll run into a movie (or five) that has a plot so hard to follow, you wind up way more confused than when you started.
While there are movies whose endings were confusing, the following list of movies are so confusing that they make Inception easy to follow.
Why Inception? Well, is it a dream? A dream within a dream? A dream within a dream within a dream? Is it much more than that; but we just want to go with the dream theory? I’ve argued that last point with friends until I was blue in the face. (It’s the method of planting an idea deep enough into someone’s head so they think that THEY came up with the idea. The dream world is where the idea needs to be planted because of the idiosyncrasies of dreams)
So here we go! Movies that are more confusing than Inception!
Any movie that has a giant rabbit that looks like something out of a horror movie as a major character is bound to be confusing. Throw in time travel, a schizophrenic, and really, REALLY, bizarre flash backs, and you have DONNIE DARKO.
The cult classic follows Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), a teenager with a slew of emotional and mental issues. One night, Donnie is visited by Frank, a giant rabbit who tells him that the end of the world will happen in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. And the movie just gets weirder and weirder from there.
It mixes hypnosis, time travel, and what (maybe? I’m still sketchy) could be an alternate universe. While it may sound crazy, it really is a great movie… you may just have to see it three times and take notes.
My David Lynch, MULHOLLAND DRIVE was going to be the follow up to his TV show Twin Peaks (which was also freaking confusing, but AMAZING). In Mulholland Drive we have different actresses playing the same characters, and even the director himself has said he doesn’t know what the film means!
I hesitate to even try to explain the plot in a paragraph. Basically, there is a dark haired woman who survives a car crash and ends up entering a house that was vacated by a red head moments before. The woman has no idea who she is, what her name is, nadda. She’s found by Betty (Naomi Watts) and takes on the name of “Rita”.
So begins Mulholland Drive and the quest to find out who Rita is, why she is in that house, why the name Diane Selwyn rings some bells, and what the key that was found in Rita’s purse opens.
I’ve seen this movie a few times and always turn it off wondering what in the WORLD happened.
Okay, so I debated putting this on here, but really, what movie trilogy hasn’t been as confusing as THE MATRIX? I watched all three of them in one day and have NO freaking idea what the ending means. They’re great films, don’t get me wrong, but when you have to pause a movie to ask the people watching it with you what world you’re in… well, you know the film is confusing.
What is reality? What is the matrix? Is the matrix really reality? Who the hell knows? I know that I pretty much needed to take notes during the trilogy, sit with my cousin who is an expert, and I STILL didn’t understand The Matrix. Apparently I’m slow.
While a great movie (this seems to be the theme of this list!) MEMENTO will leave you scratching your head.
With nothing being shot in chronological order, and two time lines..Memento needs a few watches.
After being left for dead after a home invasion, Leonard Shelby is left with a form of amnesia that impairs his ability to store memories. During the attack his wife was murdered and while one assailant was killed, the other got away. Leonard has no memory of this person except that he thinks his first name is John with his last name starting with a “G”. With the use of Polaroids, tattoos, and other triggers, Leonard sets out to find “John G”.
What I like about Memento is that the thing that makes it confusing actually makes sense – we’re being showed snippets of a character’s personality… and the character just happens to suffer from amnesia.
Again, one that I had a hard time deciding if I should add. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is one of my FAVORITE movies, but probably because I’ve seen it a billion times and understand what’s going on.
If you could erase all of the memories of a past love would you? This is the premise of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are Joel and Clementine; a couple that meets during a morning commute. They fall in love, but the relationship ends up not lasting. (**SIDENOTE: I HATE PARAPHRASING THIS MOVIE!!)
Joel finds it too hard to last with her memory and seeks out the help of a doctor who can erase all traces of Clementine from Joel’s mind. Erasing specific points of someone’s memory are bound to lead to confusing situations, but when the person decides that they DON’T want their memory erased any longer and decides to bury some of their memories during the removal process? Well, let’s just say it gets messy.
Now that I’ve shared the movies that confused me the first few times I saw them, what are yours? Let me know in the comments below!
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