1. Into The Wild (2007)
This film is based on the best-seller book Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. It is inspired by the true story of a young boy who escapes a home full of domestic abuse and sets off into the wide alone. He sets off in his newly bought car with no plans and no clue of how to survive with no money. The only belonging he brings with him is a survival book and he starts to drive until as far as he can North. Eventually, he ends up in the Alaskan wilderness. He seeks adventure and thrills and to live his life to the full. It shows his dangerous but fulfilling journey as he loses himself in nature.
2. Crash (2004)
This film is about different racial worlds colliding. It tells the story of whites, blacks, Iranians, cops, criminals, rich, poor, powerful and powerless with the focus on racism within each community. It gives deep insights into each characters lives and the struggles they have all faced. All characters are faced with dangerous and life-changing situations in which they all react differently. It becomes evident that their behaviour deeply depends on their life experiences. In a world of injustice, people have to respond accordingly. When it comes to protecting your family and survival you have to make the right decisions.
3. Waking Life (2001)
This film is all based on dreams. The protagonist (Wiley Wiggins) and his dreams become so surreal it’s impossible to distinguish what was a dream and what is a reality. It’s a physiological thriller that gives deep insights into the meanings of dreams and will get you questioning where they really come from. The film takes you on a journey filled with adventure and mystery as it goes from one dream to another. Wiggins encounters many different interesting people in each dream that each teaches him something. He wants to find answers to his important questions about life and is determined to do so through his dreams.
4. The Truman Show (1998)
This film is based around the central character Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey). Truman was the first child to be legally adopted by cooperation. And little does he know, he is living his life as the central character on a live television show. He begins to clock on to the strange things happening around him, such as objects falling from the sky and starts to investigate. Should he just accept the reality he is presented with? or question it? What is your world was make-believe and everyone around you was pretending.
5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The main protagonist Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is charged with the murder of two victims, his wife and her lover. Despite his claims of innocence, he is sentenced to serve two life sentences in prison back to back. They send him to the Shawshank Redemption Penitentiary to serve his sentence. It displays the incredibly tough prison conditions and brutality he faces during his stay. He forms many friendships, in particular Red (Morgan Freeman) and many of the prison guards. They develop a soft spot for Andy and the prisoners don’t look favourably to it.