Any episode of Black Mirror can only be watched so many times before you start to go crazy, and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is no different. After you’ve seen every version of each ending and made every possible choice combination, what comes next? If you liked the convoluted plot that blurred the line of fantasy and reality, as well as the hints of time travel and parallel universes, Hollywood has plenty of movies to scratch that itch. Here are the next 10 movies you should watch if you liked Bandersnatch.
10. Butterfly Effect: Director’s Cut (2004)
Ashton Kutcher plays 20-year-old college student Evan Treborn who finds he has the ability to travel back in time to inhabit his former self. He has the capacity to change the present by changing his past behaviors. Having been the victim of several childhood traumas aggravated by stress-induced memory losses, he attempts to set things right for himself and his friends. But like every thrilling movie, there are unintended consequences for all. While this movie is fun, its use of the titular “butterfly effect” theory is inconsistent and keeps it from being higher on this list.
9. Synecdoche New York (2008)
In his directorial debut, Charlie Kaufman’s postmodern drama Synecdoche New York is very likely a movie you’ve never heard of before, but it’s a great place to start. The plot follows an ailing theater director, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, as he works on an increasingly elaborate stage production. It's his extreme commitment to realism that begins to blur the boundaries between fiction and reality.
The film’s title has two connections: it's a play on the city of Schenectady, New York, where much of the film is set. It's also the concept of “synecdoche,” wherein a part of something represents the whole or vice versa. It may have bombed at the box office, but Roger Ebert called thought it was underrated, ranking it #1 in his of the best movies of the 2000s.
8. Minority Report (2002)
Loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick, Minority Report is a neo-noir science-fiction film set in 2054. In it, crime as we know it has virtually been eliminated. Now, criminals are arrested on the basis of three psychics who detail pre-crimes that will happen without any intervention. What follows is a tech-noir, “whodunit,” thriller that is sure to leave you guessing right to the end.
7. Cloud Atlas (2012)
Cloud Atlas is based on the insanely intricate novel of the same name. Directed by the Wachowski sisters, this film follows multiple plots that take place in six different times that span the past, present, and far distant future. This film is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and future. It plays with the idea that a soul can be shaped from a killer into a hero, and that an act of kindness can ripple across centuries to inspire a revolution. This film also features a star-studded cast, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Broadbent.
6. 12 Monkeys (1995)
A deadly virus released in 1996 wipes out most of the human race, forcing survivors to live underground. In 2035, James Cole is selected to be trained and sent back in time to find the original virus in order to help scientists develop a cure. A group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys is believed to have released the virus and with this knowledge, he must start looking for clues. But this is more than just another time-travel movie, this film deals with madness and a perception of what the world is.
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5. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
The second entry by screenplay writer Charlie Kaufman on this list, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is widely considered one of Jim Carrey's best dramatic performances. The film follows an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories, then start dating again. Described by some as a “science fiction, romantic comedy, psychological drama,” this will surely become a go-to movie for many fans.
4. Looper (2012)
This 2012 science-fiction thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt, revolves around criminal syndicates using contracted killers called “loopers” to kill victims sent back through time. A looper's final victim will be their retired future self, thus ending the contract. Everything runs smoothly until one looper decides he doesn’t want to retire. Looper is a smart movie that's a blend of futuristic sci-fi and good old-fashioned action.
3. The Endless (2017)
The Endless tells the story of brothers Justin and Aaron who one day receive a videocassette in the mail made by Camp Arcadia, a group they formerly belonged to as young adults. While Justin remembers the group was a UFO death cult, Aaron recalls them as a harmless and friendly commune. When they decide to return for just one day, they encounter bizarre events they cannot explain. Fueled by an excellent idea, a strong cast, and an intelligent script, The Endless will leave you guessing right until the end and demands multiple viewings.
2. Donnie Darko (2001)
The epitome of a cult classic, Donnie Darko is a weird and twisted movie that follows the life of Donald “Donnie” Darko. One night, he meets a figure in a monstrous rabbit costume who introduces himself as Frank and tells Donnie that the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. While the director’s cut released in 2004 made some progress in explaining the events of the film, it remains a confusing puzzle that needs to be seen at least once.
1. Primer (2004)
Anyone who claims to understand this movie in its entirety upon their first viewing is lying to you. Primer follows two engineers who, while attempting to create levitating machinery, accidentally invent/discover time travel. What follows requires graphs and flowcharts to even begin to comprehend what happens here. Primer is easily the best time travel movie ever made, which is fascinating considering the entire budget was just $7,000.