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Best Complex Movies

  • Inception

    Inception (PG-13, 2010)

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe
    Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychologic... read moreal sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he's forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won't be harvesting an idea, but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage. They've planned everything to perfection, and they have all the tools to get the job done. Their mission is complicated, however, by the sudden appearance of a malevolent foe that seems to know exactly what they're up to, and precisely how to stop them. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb755078042
      fb755078042: Inception demonstrates the complexity of our minds, and that dreams are the gateway to our own subconscious. The subconscious i
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • zgleespen
      zgleespen: Quite possibly the most thrilling, complex, and visually stunning film of the last 5 years, and that's saying a lot considering that Ch
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • tellmarlayna
      tellmarlayna: . Memorable. A complex masterpiece of modern cinema.
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
  • Crash

    Crash (R, 2004)

    Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Shaun Toub
    Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally co... read morellide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb1055692536: Crash works for its smart storytelling layered by complex racial undermining that adds a thick and intelligent layer to a still thrilling, emotional f
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • Tarannon
      Tarannon: . It's thought-provoking, emotional and dramatic, and the storyline is complex enough that you have to really delve into the story with heart and soul. And the acting is m
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • mpghoul1973
      mpghoul1973: . Its not subtle in its message and that kinda pushes me away a bit but because it had such a complex story weaving in and out of these people lives i got hooked about 30 minutes in. Terrence Ho
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Syriana

    Syriana (R, 2005)

    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
    From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the... read more Persian Gulf, a political thriller with multiple storylines that weave together showing the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
    • fb549302765
      fb549302765: Could have been brilliant if they didn't try to create and then tie together too many complex stories
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb1061978240
      fb1061978240: . Different story lines meshed with complex outcomes are on real display here. Clooney is exceptionally effective in his Oscar winning p
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • nawlinsj
      nawlinsj: c and Babel, which have multiple stories all interwoven together, Syriana is the same but much more complex and quite boring. It does all come together in the end which finally does make sense of the
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • I'm Not There

    I'm Not There (R, 2007)

    Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger
    This re-enactment of the life of musician, Bob Dylan, features multiple actors embodying different s... read moretages in the singer's life.
    • her69eyes
      her69eyes: I think there's a potential masterpiece of a film in deconstructing the complex and always changing character of Bob Dylan. This, however, I didn't feel to be it.

      "I'm Not
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • mustangsally72
      mustangsally72: A true artist by nature, Bob Dylan was deep, poetic and complex as his music
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • The Reader

    The Reader (R, 2008)

    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Habich
    When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15 year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman... read more twice his age. The two begin an unexpected and passionate affair only for Hanna to suddenly and inexplicably disappear. Eight years later, Michael, now a young law student observing Nazi war trials, meets his former lover again, under very different circumstances. Hanna is on trial for a hideous crime, and as she refuses to defend herself, Michael gradually realizes his boyhood love may be guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder.
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: . He just needs a better director to be working with. But considering the complex nature of his role, portraying a young man exploring a sexual relationship with a much older
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • fb566671331
      fb566671331: ...
      The story is impressive, touching on human complex psychological nature. The frame is the German guilt, to examine how we deal with past guilts
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • louisvottero
      louisvottero: If you don't like sex scenes fast forward but don't miss out on this very complex and layered love story.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Magnolia

    Magnolia (R, 1999)

    Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly
    An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and intros... read morepection. This psychological drama leads you in several different directions, weaving and intersecting various subplots and characters, from a brilliant Tom Cruise, as a self-proclaimed pied-piper, to a child forced to go on a TV game show and the pressures he faces from a ruthless father.
    • fb512010874
      fb512010874: very interesting and complex movie that makes perfect sense and made me laugh.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb738555280
      fb738555280: ..........ok, one of...

      Life is not pretty..
      It will show you the "LIFE" in a very intense and complex but stylish way and somehow teaches you to appreciate it and gives you courage.
      Also powerfu
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • adamcook82
      adamcook82: One of my favourite movies, Magnolia is a complex film that first and foremost appeals to our emotions, our feelings, our hearts. This sprawli
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales (R, 2007)

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Curtis Armstrong, Joe Campana
    The city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. "Southland Tales" is an... read more epic story set over the course of three days that culminate in a massive 4th of July celebration. Boxer Santaros is an action star stricken with amnesia. Krysta Now is an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Roland Taverner is a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
    • crgthom
      crgthom: . At nearly two and a half hours, it is overly long, the plot is needlessly complex and the ending is a total what-the-what?! moment.

      Yet it works, sort of. The script is shar
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
    • vibor123
      vibor123: .
      Very strange movie, incredible complex and confusing (even for movie snob) plot with no sense at all...after watching it I feel onl
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • LittleMissBloodAndGuts
      LittleMissBloodAndGuts: singly subtle and clever, will keep some viewers amused, but the convoluted sequence of events and complex interplay of characters and plot points will leave them scratching their heads. The overall
      Reviewed 3 years days ago