5 Psychological Thrillers

Gone Girl (2014)

Black Swan (2010)

American Psycho (2000)

Girl on the Train (2016)

Shutter Island (2010)

Gone Girl (2014)

Amy Dunne mysteriously disappears on the day of the 5th wedding anniversary and the only person who looks guilty is her beloved husband Nick, who is blamed by the media and local people.

The movie is based on the novel by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher. Sounds like an interesting collaboration to me.

Most of the movie the audience has a question like "did he really do it? '' and we really start to believe what we see.

We can draw a parallel with this movie and the actual reality, when the victim is very convincing and being supported by most. People are used to the easiest conclusions that they come to without much thinking or analyzing. But sometimes things are not as they seem.

Black Swan (2010)

Brilliant thriller by Darren Aronofsky, portraying a successful ballerina Nina who is striving for success and taking part in the famous Black Swan ballet performance. She is so focused on her career that she doesn't notice the madness that she was trapped into. Rapidly she falls into severe anxiety until she looses the sense of reality...

This thriller is perfectly showing how one can go mad in a pursuit of perfection, because it will never be enough and it will never be perfect enough to stop.

Must watch this move at least because of a great acting cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder.

American Psycho (2000)

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (1991), this movie is thriller-slasher with the elements of black comedy. There is definitely nothing much funny, but more like sarcastic as if we see how people behave and its odd for us.

Movie portrays the main character (Patrick Bateman) played by Cristian Bale, who is an investment banker by day and cold blooded killer by night. Apart from the main killer story, you can spot the problems of materialism and competition in the world of wealthy men.

The pace is quite slow but intriguing and intense at the same time.

If interested, there is a theory that the might be some kind of connection between Norman Bates (Psycho) and Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) as both of them struggle from a severe psychological disorder.

Girl on the Train (2016)

Rachel, divorced female, daily commutes by a train and looks out of the window to find the perfect couple in their perfect house right next to where she was living with her ex-husband, where he is now with his new wife and their baby.

But one day, on her way home Rachel notices something very strange that leads to disappearance of a woman.

Rachel is lonely and lost after her divorce, she often drinks and her memories get very confused. Eventually she gets dragged into the investigation and tries to put the ends together whether she was ever involved in whatever happen to the lady that she was watching from the window of the train.

The movie is very suspenseful and dramatic, it is somehow connected to the idea of "Gone Girl" from earlier.

Shutter Island (2010)

Movie based on a novel by Dennis Lehane and directed by Martin Scorsese.

Teddy and his partner Chuck, US marshals are sent to the isolated island for the investigation of patient disappearance.

Teddy starts to uncover some conspiracies that are going on in the asylum, the more he digs into the mysteries the more dangerous truth he discovers.

It is a good, mysterious thriller that explores two story lines and famously leaves the ending up to you, so that you can decide for yourself whose truth you believe in.

That's all for today!


- K

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