Loneliness and isolation are universally recognized emotions, but which films do the best job at evoking these sentiments?
Due to film being one of the world’s most popular and well-explored artistic mediums, experimenting with the limitations and notions that drive a movie’s story is not surprising to filmmakers.
Isolation is an intriguing and challenging theme for a film to explore in its entirety. It’s an exciting concept, but it’s also quite tough to make a film with only a few characters in a lonely, barren area that’s both narratively and psychologically complicated. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten films about people who are isolated.
1. The Shining
When a kid doesn’t have any fun, he turns into a homicidal monster. When Jack Torrance and his family land a job as caretaker at the Overlook Hotel for the winter, they are overjoyed.
However, it appears that Jack’s loneliness and the presence of an evil entity within the hotel have a significant impact on his behavior, as he goes on to attempt the murder of his wife and little son.
2. Into The Wild
Some people find it difficult to be fully alone. However, for some, the sensation of being utterly alone might be a revealing one.
To Chris McCandless’ advantage and detriment alike, the natural splendor and isolation that pulled him into the story of Into the Wild were exactly what ultimately led to his demise. When McCandless sets out on a journey into the wilderness, he discovers himself, but tragically dies from malnutrition.
3. The Thing
Isolation is the best option for this Antarctic crew after they were attacked by an alien life form that can perfectly mimic any living thing.
In the end, the crew’s two lone survivors can only hope that they’ve destroyed the mimic and pray that they aren’t The Thing from John Carpenter’s classic horror film.
4. The Cabin In The Woods
All that is on the menu for a bunch of college students who plan to spend the weekend in an isolated cabin is a fun weekend.
However, they have no idea that they are being sacrificed in order to prevent the devastation of the planet by ancient gods. Unsurprisingly, nothing goes precisely as to plan.
Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of focusing the entire movie on a single character who is unable to move.
An American soldier serving in Iraq named Paul Conroy wakes up one morning to find himself buried alive, with only his cell phone and a zippo lighter for company.
6. Cast Away
When Tom Hanks is left alone on a remote island with only a volleyball for company, things become interesting. The premise of Cast Away might sound sad, yet it turns out to be a moving and inspiring picture.
Hanks’ character survives for years on an island after a devastating plane accident. He eventually builds a raft and escapes the tropical island over all odds.
7. The Martian
the Ridley Scott-directed The Martian depicts the story of an astronaut named Mark Watney who is stuck on Mars and has to deal with the isolationism that comes with it.
It’s a worldwide effort to save Watney, and Mark doesn’t give up hope, coming up with novel and inventive ways to keep himself alive until his remote rescuers can actually come and help.
A few real-life examples of women who were kidnapped, held prisoner, and abused by people are the inspiration for Room’s dark and terrifying premise.
As a result of the novel’s focus on a child’s perspective, the story retains a feeling of hope and whimsy that would otherwise be lost in the dismal reality of its subject matter.
An astronaut named Sam Bell, who lives alone on the moon and runs a helium-3 mining operation, tells a strange story in Moon.
Because of the years of isolation, Sam is clearly suffering from major side effects, and it’s hard to tell whether or not what you’re seeing is actually happening or is just the imagination of an insane person.
Oldboy, a Korean classic, is one of the most surprising, unexpected, and bizarre films about solitude.
It is fifteen years after Dae-su was arrested for public intoxication that he is abducted and kept in a room with no explanation as to why he is there. His escape eventually leads him down a rabbit hole so stunning and weird that no one could have imagined where the narrative would finish.