Inception is a visually impressive film by Christopher Nolan that relies heavily on reality and truth, as is a common Nolan theme. Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, has mastered the ability to acquire vital information by entering dreams. In an attempt to regain his old life, he accepts a job where the challenge is not to retrieve information but rather to plant an idea, i.e. inception.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
A handsome, successful Casanova finds himself disfigured and unable to separate dreams from reality after a horrific car accident. Sound familiar? It should. This Spanish drama is the original material for the 2001 Hollywood hit “Vanilla Sky” starring Tom Cruise.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
This low-budget horror flick is still one of the best. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is simply a good movie. With a terrifying concept, 1980s special effects and an eerie soundtrack, what else do you need?
Donnie Darko (2001)
“Donnie Darko” features a young Jake Gyllenhaal and possibly the most terrifying rabbit in history. Darko sleepwalks himself into some pretty bizarre situations…We’ll just leave it at that.
Fight Club (1999)
The film follows an apathetic insomniac office drone as he gets tangled up with a sadistic, soap-making sociopath. Powerfully written and visually striking, “Fight Club” might be director David Finch’s best work.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” represents the quintessential mass-hysteria/sci-fi/horror films that were so prevalent during the 1950s. In it, a small-town doctor becomes aware that alien replicas, only absent of genuine emotion, were replacing his close-knit community. A true cinematic experience and well worth the short 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
“The City of Lost Children” is a creatively bizarre and exceptionally imaginative surreal fantasy. The evil scientist Krank, who cannot dream, steals children away to his secret ocean hideout to take their dreams for himself.
The Machinist (2004)
“The Machinist” follows insomniac factory worker Trevor Reznik (a grotesquely thin Christian Bale) who hasn’t slept in more than a year. Strange events start to surface in Reznik’s life, and the more he tries to figure them out, the more confused he becomes.
The Lathe of Heaven (1980)
“The Lathe of Heaven” is the epitome of 1980s low-budget science fiction. A young man has the ability to alter reality by simply dreaming it. However, in a twist, the very psychiatrist that is supposed to help suppress these dreams begins to influence them to change the present world, the results becoming more than he anticipated.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
A true testament to creativity and imagination, “The Science of Sleep” is whimsical, light-hearted and entirely surreal. The film follows Stéphane, an imaginative, creative man who often lives life within the reality of his own daydreams and sees the world with a sincere sense of wonderment.
“Sleepwalk With Me” (2012), “Dreamscape” (1984), “Insomnia” (1997) and “Dream” (2008).