One of the best movies made about psychics is “The Gift” with Cate Blanchette, written by Billy Bob Thornton. It is considered a good one among psychics because the main character, Annabelle (Annie) Wilson is very “true to form” as the town clairvoyant. Her character is believable because many town clairvoyants have a very similar lifestyle to Annie. They are usually poor and live on donations. Annie’s husband had just died and she turned to her “gift” to scrape together a living to support her three sons.
When a local woman disappears and the police can’t seem to find any leads, her father turns to Annie. Slowly she starts having visions of the woman chained and in a pond. Her visions lead to the body and the arrest of an abusive husband, but did he really do it?
As the mystery of the murder unfolds, the audience begins to see a more human side to a clairvoyant’s lifestyle and how a psychic manages a family and the perception of people around her.
The Dead Zone, by Stephen King was also realistic in the sense that many have faced “near death experiences” and have come out of it with a stronger developed sixth sense.
Christopher Walken stars in the first Dead Zone movie. His character, Jimmy, wakes up from a five-year coma after a severe car accident. He awakens to find that his girlfriend is married with a child and that he has lost five years. His awakening is tough when he discovers he can see past, present and future events, through “psychometry” meaning he can see these things by touching a person or something belonging to the person.
He finds out about a crooked politician who will destroy the world and goes after him. IN the end the politician doesn’t die, but he grabs a baby to protect himself from gun fire and ruins his own career. A good thriller, but the fact remains that this sort of psychic ability happens a lot to people with near death experiences.
The movie “Ghost” with Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg is probably at the top of the list for many. Even people who don’t believe in psychic abilities liked this one. The fact is that people who do a lot of readings, like Whoopi’s character Oda Mae Brown, gain stronger psychic abilities. Oda Mae helps solve a mystery in this movie with her “newly awakened” psychic medium skills. The ghost of Patrick Swayze haunts her until she helps him solve his murder. After she is able to see and communicate with Patrick Swayze’s character, the flood gates open and she is able to see many “dead people.” Again this happens to people who do a lot of readings, and who continuously are trying to tap into the “other side” or another dimension.
The premise of ghosts existing at all be believable as some spirits tend to hang around until they completed some earthly business. This theory of ghosts hanging around in the same energy field has been around for centuries.
A recent movie titled “Next” with Nicolas Cage didn’t have a lot of rave reviews or even a strong box office attraction, but it showed and even PROVED that the future doesn’t just happen to you. It’s the choices in the present moment determining the future. It’s about a Las Vegas, magician and mind reader who can see two minutes into the future and change things as long as it’s HIS future.
When a nuclear threat is discovered on American soil, the FBI discover his gift and want him to help track down the terrorists. He has plans of his own however, he saw a lot further than 2 minutes at one point and it involved his future girlfriend Liz. Knowing the location of their meeting he goes there every day with hopes that its going to be “the day” she walks into his life.
This movie’s main focus of realism is that people can tell the future, and they CAN change it if they wish, the future is never set in stone.
Another recent movie, Suspect Zero, with Ben Kingsley is mainly about the military’s involvement in remote viewing and telepathy. (remote viewing refers to the attempt to gather information about a distant or unseen target using paranormal means or extra-sensory perception. Typically a remote viewer is expected to give information about an object that is hidden from physical view and separated at some distance. The term was introduced by parapsychologistsRussell Targ and Harold Puthoff in 1974.
Ben Kingsley’s character, Ben O’Ryan, was part of a secret government experiment attempting to cultivate telepathic abilities in individuals for military purposes. The experiments gave O’Ryan the ability to see the actions of serial killers. These disturbing visions constantly torment O’Ryan, and drive him to find the killers and kill them.
The actual “Suspect Zero” is a mentally sick man who travels over the United States with a truck. He targets children, whom he kidnaps and transports to his ranch to be killed.
This movie has some credibility, even though it lost at the box office. The military is constantly experimenting with the paranormal, and improving intuitive skills of military personnel or at least exploring ESP since the 50s as a way to make it more powerful.