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Movies That Could Actually Make You Smarter

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How intelligent do you consider yourself to be? Maybe very, or perhaps you could use a few new facts. If you haven’t got much planned this weekend, then these films will be worth a watch to boost your general knowledge.


The Imitation Game (2014)


This film tells the story of mathematician Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), the man responsible for modern computing, as he assisted in a British code-breaking operation that helped shorten the Second World War. The film teaches us all about the history of Turing and how he laid the groundwork for computers ad artificial intelligence. The Imitation Game celebrates human ingenuity, encourages you to think big and inspires you to learn more about Turing.

Good Will Hunting (1997)


This Academy Award-winning film follows a janitor with genius-level intellect and a troubled past working at MIT. Good Will Hunting actually brought in an MIT professor for the complex mathematical equations, and there are also plenty of excellent literary and philosophical discussions between Will and Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). The most valuable lessons of the film are understanding that education can come from anywhere, there’s no such thing as ‘perfect’ and the importance of emotions and relationships.

Theory of Everything (2014)


Ever wondered how the universe came about? Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) introduces you to Time Singularity. The film follows the journey of Hawking at Cambridge university in the early 60s where he falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde. At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this, and with Jane by his side, he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy the odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more then they could ever imagine.


The surrealist psychological thriller, which was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, follows an unemployed number theorist named Max who suffers from cluster headaches, paranoia, hallucinations, and social anxiety disorder. The film is notable for covering themes ranging from religion, mysticism, and the relationship of the universe to mathematics. Max becomes obsessed with these themes in order to find the key to the chaos that surrounds us everywhere, which he can use to predict anything.


This thriller starring Bradley Cooper follows Edward Morra, a struggling writer, who is introduced to a nootropic drug called NZT-48. This mysterious pill grants him the ability to fully utilise his brain, which in turn drastically improves his life. Limitless will prime you to think smarter. 


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