Fervently studying for your degree and feeling like it’s not going to take you anywhere?
Take a break, look to Hollywood and watch these relatable movies for a boost of inspiration and to remind yourself why you decided to pursue your chosen field of study in the first place.
#1. For the savvy business student: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is a thrilling journey into stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s career in New York City, where money rules the roost and there’s no nobility in poverty. Watch it for the impeccable performance by Leonardo DiCaprio to see how power and greed can rip the soul apart, as well as the thrill of knowing you’re watching a movie with links to Malaysia (hint: it’s big news).
#2. For the architect with big dreams: Inception (2010)
Imagine being able to create buildings and whole environments out of thin air, purely using that buzzing mass rife with ideas — your brain. Now, imagine you’re Ellen Page as Ariadne the architecture graduate in the 2010 smash hit Inception, where you and a rogue team of crooks construct elaborate dreamscapes and architecture to infiltrate your targets’ subconscious and steal confidential information. It’s every architecture student’s dream — and more.
#3. For knowledge-hungry medical students: Flatliners (2017)
While you can bring monsters to life with bizarre science (Frankenstein, anyone?), what lies beyond death? That’s what 5 medical students attempt to find out in this 2017 remake of the 1990 film Flatliners. They hash out a plan to use defibrillation to stop their hearts for 60 seconds and record brain activity to experience the afterlife briefly, but things go wrong when their lives turn into a living horror after flirting with death.
#4. For the culinary artist: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
If your passion is cooking and preparing culinary delights is the only thing you dream of doing, Jiro Dreams of Sushi will show you just how far passion and devotion to one’s craft can take you. This documentary film follows 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono as he works relentlessly in his world-renowned restaurant while pursuing his quest of creating the perfect piece of sushi.
#5. For the legal eagle lawyer: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
This classic adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who agrees to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman at a time where racial prejudice runs deep. From the horrific lynch mob confrontation to the final closing argument, this has everything law students need to reignite the spark to hit their law books.
#6. For the courageous journalist: Spotlight (2015)
Spotlight is about the Boston Globe’s investigation of accounts of sexual abuse by local Roman Catholic priests. It tells a story of abuse by those in power and of the underdog pulling through. It’s a story of impactful journalism — something we need in a world where journalism is under attack and sexual violence and harassment is pervasive.
#7. For the accounting whiz: The Accountant (2016)
The Accountant is, well, about an accountant. But Christian Wolff is no ordinary accountant balancing books for an impersonal corporate giant. He’s a forensic accountant, spending his time investigating insider financial deceptions for criminal and terrorist enterprises. Unfortunately, his number-crunching thrusts him to the centre of the action and his accounting world takes a life-threatening turn. Watch this when you’re convinced ACCA is getting too dreary for words.
#8. For the creative engineer: Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)
Marines in space. With lots of weaponry. And terrifying aliens. It’s all you need for a couple of tense, thrilling hours. Engineers will love the industrial feel (especially of the titular Alien/s that look like man-made machines), the action and the gripping plot. The films also boast Ridley Scott and James Cameron as directors in the two movies — both titans of modern day cinema.
#9. For the people-watching psychologist: Fight Club (1999)
The first rule of Fight Club is not to talk about it, but it has to be talked about. The 1999 film (starring Brad Pitt at his six-pack prime and the masterful Edward Norton) is a psychology student’s dream case study — it’s filled with social commentary about America’s obsession with consumerism and money. Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder are also laid bare for analysis.
#10. For the computer science student teeming with ideas: The Matrix (1999)
A film about hackers and programmers rebelling against the machines to free people from a forced simulated reality, this is a sci-fi classic every computer science student will appreciate. Observe the programming concepts of recursion, loop and matrix in motion or just enjoy the action and Neo’s famous gravity-defying backbend.
All set to watch these movies that will inspire your degree? We’re sure hitting the books will be easier now as you replay the movie scenes in your head while studying. Make like the hero in your relevant movie and conquer those books!