10 Highly Conceptual Movies Meant Only For The Really Smart Ones

November 5, 2017

The first question on your mind when you read the title must have been: “what exactly is a high concept film?”. Well, a high-concept film is one whose idea can easily be summarized in a sentence or two. It can be contrasted with low-concept, which is more concerned with character development and other subtleties that aren’t as easily summarized.

Basically, in short, a film that focusses more on the idea than the characters is a high-concept film. With that out of the way, here is the list of 10 best high concept movies.

10. Coherence (2013)

‘Coherence’, a story of eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events, is essentially based on a scientific theory referred to as Schrödinger’s cat theory. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935.  In simple terms, it is the possibility of the existence of multiple simultaneous realities at the same time.

9. Pi (1998)

‘Pi’ is notable for its covering of an array of themes including religion, mysticism and the relationship of the universe to mathematics. The story about a mathematician and the obsession with mathematical regularity contrasts two seemingly irreconcilable entities: the imperfect, irrational humanity and the rigor and regularity of mathematics, specifically number theory.

8. Source Code (2011)

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Colter Stevens is a pilot and a part of a secret program of the government, by which he is given to relive the last few minutes in the life of another man, who died in a train explosion. Stevens is needed to learn the identity of the bomber, but when he takes up the task, he sees many things are at stake, the least available being time. ‘Source Code’ gives a new twist to the time-travel films we are used to seeing, and does so brilliantly.

7. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Chaos theory is a mind-boggling theory. According to it a small event at some place could lead to influential events far away. When Eric Bress and Mackye Gruber made this theory into a film, obviously that was going to be something we hadn’t seen before. Evan (Ashton Kutcher) is a teenager who frequently blacks out due to unbearable headaches and is transferred to the past, where he can make alterations to his life and of others too. But when he finds out that small changes in the past can drastically change the present, Evan finds himself in macabre parallel realities. It is not a perfect film, but it is a damn interesting one.

6. Predestination (2014)

Predestination’s a befitting reality to how time-travel movies are made, and how uncertain they are. It embodies a timeless traveler, revolving in time between 1945 to 1993 in search of the fizzle bomber. The film is based on a concept known as a predestination paradox. The predestination paradox is a sequence of events (actions, information, objects, people) in which an event is among the causes of another event, which in turn is among the causes of the first-mentioned event.

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