Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks #17: Movies Featuring Amnesiacs

Hello and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks! The last few weeks we've had the Halloween Edition and now we're back to regular programming. Before we start, for new people who may have just wandered here, here's the rules of this weekly series: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each. For more information and future topics please visit the Thursday Movie Picks page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies Featuring Amnesiacs


So I came up with this theme because I had at that time read a few amnesiac theme books including Before I Go to Sleep which, depending on where you are in the world, the movie adaptation opens around this time. I haven't watch the movie yet but am definitely looking forward to it

Anyhow back to today's picks, which will be my favourites:

The Bourne Trilogy (2002-2007)
Memory loss would suck for just about anyone but probably worse for an assassin which is the predicament Bourne finds himself in; waking up with no knowledge of who he is and now being the one hunted. I thought I had picked this for the Assassin themed Thursday Movie Picks several weeks ago but turned out I didn't so it definitely gets a place this week. Love the action sequences in this trilogy.

Most stories about memory loss deals with the involuntary kind as a result of trauma or a degenerative disease but this one is unique with its premise of people voluntary going through a procedure to erase parts of their memory. It's an unconventional love story of sorts...are people fated to meet, fall in love and make the same mistakes if they have no memory of it happening before?

In the Lookout, after a bad car accident, Chris suffers from brain damage which affects his short term memory. While working as a janitor at a small local bank he gets himself mixed up in some bad company who are planning to use him in a heist. Joseph Gordon Levitt is great as Chris, a guy who is struggling to remember to do everyday tasks, and Matthew Goode...what a turn he did playing the villain, an American bad boy, in the Lookout (this was of course way back before he did Stoker) so unlike the the other charming and well dressed English dudes he had been playing.


So that's three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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  1. Man, you people keep stealing my thunder. I was certainly going to pick Eternal Sunshine. It's simply a great movie. Love the Borne trilogy, too. Haven't seen The Lookout, yet.

    1. :) only because we reach Thursday first so in a way I get first picks...but feel free to feature the same movies. Your reasons may not be the same as mine

  2. Excellent choices! I love all three of these movies.


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