What Is Going On? 6 of The Most Confusing Movies Of The 90s
Have you ever been watching a film and suddenly thought to yourself, 'I literally have no idea what is going on here?' Every single person in the world has done it at some point. Whether it's because you haven't been paying attention, have had other problems on your mind or just don't get it. But there are some movies that just boggle the mind so much that you need to give 100% of your concentration to the feature otherwise you're going to be left behind. Here are six of the most confusing movies that were made in the 1990s.
"Open Your Eyes"
Tom Cruise's remake of this Spanish classic showed that the worlds most famous scientologist could also be an artist. But Alejandro Amenabar's 1997 original is just as impressive and as equally confusing. After a horrific accident the protagonist is given the opportunity to return to his old life of wealth and fame but the procedure leads to strange hallucinations and places being switched. It is extremely crazy.
It's hard to get comfortable when watching Darren Aronofsky's "Pi" because of it's grainy and minimalist approach. The films protagonist Max is a paranoid and delusional soul who is extremely confused and has a host of people lining up to take advantage of his mathematical genius. But the film also features the mysteries of the Torah as well as featuring many of the equations from a quantum physics book, which makes it extremely confusing throughout.
David Lynch is the king of confusing movies and "Lost Highway" could be his most mind boggling celluloid adventure. Bill Pullman stars as Fred Madison who is begins to receive videotapes of him and his wife inside their home but then the plot thickens as a man at a party says to him he is inside his house right now as they're talking. Cue more confusion and body-switching, time-travel and parallel dimensions. It is ridiculously complex.
David Cronenberg's futuristic world of obsessive gaming shows his protagonists get plugged into a pod which allows them to play out their vivid fantasy scenarios. These worlds are confusing and crazy, with the audience never being completely sure which world they are watching. It is very much reminiscent of "Total Recall" and "The Matrix," just a little more messed up.
Terry Gilliam has developed a reputation for being a quirky and unpredictable director who prefers to mess with audiences minds rather than enthrall them. In "12 Monkeys" Gillian sets out his stall early with a time travel twist that includes a plethora of red herrings. Bruce Willis is the protagonist whose responsibility it is to screw up the mess caused by a bunch of haphazard scientists. Willis is of course fantastic throughout.
David Fincher's 1999 masterpiece isn't really that confusing at all. As one of the most astute filmmakers in recent celluloid history Fincher carefully lays out all of the narrative devices and character paths wonderfully. It's just that the film has a huge twist at the end which shocks audiences so much that they actually can't wrap their heads around it.