Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Top 5 Conspiracy Movies

"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night! "
Here are the finest five of them all.

5) Enemy of the State (1998)
In the footsteps of The Conversation, this movie is as close to reality as it gets. High-tech surveillance with run-but-you-can't-hide elements, when it ends, it leaves you with a feeling of suspicion and paranoia. It shows you the value of information and how everything is documented in contemporary life. Will Smith gives this movie its coolness, but it's Hackman's role that elevates Enemy of The State to the quality realm. Tony Scott provides style, but in the end the action steals the thunder off the conspiracy concept. Even so, it's quite a genre-blender, mixing political thriller with a high-tension actioner, which means pop-corn and intellingence".

4) The Conversation (1974)
If you come to think of it, it's not about some kind of conspiracy, but about fighting your inner demons, something we find in most of Coppola's work. Slow in pace and light in dialogue, this one focuses not on the art of surveillance, but on Hackman's Caul and how he tries to deal with the immorality of his job as a surveillance expert. Insanity and paranoia soon kick in, let alone regret and guilt. Yet another masterpiece for Coppola, directing as if the viewer is the spy and Caul is our victim.

3) The Truman Show (1998)
A conspiracy movie doesn't necessarily have to be about homicides and cults. The Truman Show is as nightmarish and frightening as the other contenders, despite its comedic elements. Peter Weir's direction is poetic, the performances are surprisingly fitting and down-to-earth, the OST has started melting in my CD-player, and the script is nearly perfect, let alone prophetic. It's maybe the only conspiracy concept that suggests it could actually happen to you. It's not even been a decade since its release, and this movie has already become a classic. The Truman Show hasn't aged a bit, it becomes more and more up-to-date as the years go by. It mustn't be remembered as Carrey's first serious role, or how the Academy ignored it completely, not even for Natascha McElhone's eyes, but for its glorious meaning.

2) Rosemary's Baby (1968)
What if you're chosen by God to bring His Son into this world? Now imagine if you're chosen by Satan. Simple, nothing-is-what-it-seems concept, but executed so well that it haunts your dreams. Polanski gave us a psychological thriller that became the archetype for every movie-about-the-supernatural to come. He created such a threatening and paranoid mood that became his trademark. Maybe the most influential movie of the horror genre, it changed the rulebook about happy endings.

1) JFK (1991)
It's one of those scripts where you can't help but wonder, how could anyone have written this. It needs your complete attention and isn't quite easy to follow, but once you sit down to watch this, it sucks you in for its whole 3 hours. Makes you think too, how the perception of things may be altered and twisted, how a government hides its dark secrets. Along with Syriana, they're the absolute representatives of the political thriller genre. Oliver Stone on his finest hour, doing what he knows best, plus half of Hollywood's best. The Kennedy assasination always intrigued the masses, and JFK has its own point of view, it's not fiction based on real events. It had such an impact, this movie actually reopened the case.

The Tenant, The Ninth Gate and Nixon are movies that couldn't possibly surpass their creators' previous masterpieces, The Game's ending is such a let-down, and it had so much potential, The Arrival and Conspiracy Theory just can't compete, and Fahrenheit 911 is a documentary and therefore, it doesn't qualify. Also The Matrix, The Insider and Dr Strangelove ain't conspiracy driven. Wag The Dog finished 6th.


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Anonymous said...

What about Arlington Road?

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