3 Movies That Were Truly Mind-Blowing

Filmgoers are a difficult bunch to please these days. Satiated by big budget extravaganzas, amazing CGI visual effects, and death-defying live action stunts, it’s a jaded and dismissive audience that greets each new movie premier.

Yet every now and again, a film emerges that capture sour attention, and almost despite ourselves, blows our mind. Whether we found ourselves captivated by great writing or an enthralling storyline, or engrossed by special effects or charmed by amazing acting, occasionally we find ourselves being drawn in by that movie-making magic. Here are three movies we found truly mind blowing.

Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & Vol. 2

In a movie landscape dominated by dark and twisted super-heroes, it’s a breath of fresh air to encounter a movie franchise that is in turn fresh, fun and delightful uncomplicated. The charm of its characters and their understated performances went a long way to making the original Guardians of the Galaxy a box office bonanza.

This light touch went undoubtedly helped Marvel successfully transition the characters from their comic book origins to a successful movie franchise. Even in a year when sequels suffered at the box office, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dodged the familiarity bullet and kept the endearing banter between characters flowing, aided by a deft selection of classic songs, and a touching story about a family which resisted the temptation to veer into cheesecake formula writing.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blew our mind simply with its joyful exuberance, uncomplicated storytelling aided by nuanced characterization and special effects that delivered on the storyline without swamping the movie with an overdose of adolescent testosterone.

The Fate of the Furious

Speaking of adolescent testosterone! Smoldering characters, epic car crashes with flames in abundance, Soviet-era submarines, and fistfights galore while someone holds a baby, the latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise grabs its audience’s attention and smacks them over the head with its full-on action sequences. Oh, and it helps that Charlize Theron stars!

Many franchises would be struggling to maintain the momentum by the time the eight installment comes around, however, The Fate of the Furious’ same ridiculously over-the-top action sequences and the apparent chemistry between the ensemble cast propelled The Fate of the Furious into audience affections.

2017 is a year for parking your critical thinking faculties, suspending disbelief and allow The Fate of the Furious’ Soviet submarine chase sequence to suck you in. Will someone please pass the popcorn?

Risk

Timing can be everything in movie making as Laura Poitras discovered with her new documentary Risk based on Julian Assange. At its 2016 Cannes Film Festival, premier Risk came across as a solidly constructed, supportive study of the Wikileaks founder and the freedom of information activist. Then came the 2016 presidential election and Risk made a sharp detour into the editing suite.

Risk 2.0 emerged a very different beast, at once more questioning and less flattering to its subject. It plunges us into the present propelled by a new third reel where personal relationships tangle Poitras’ judgment about Assange giving the film a far more intimate vibe than its detached documentary-driven predecessor.

Rarely do we see a braver filmmaker on show prepared to surface her own conflicting perspectives for an audience? That stance alone grants Risk entry to the mind-blowing category.

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