When I watch a good movie…

Omar Abou El-khir

I watch a movie every now and then, but when I finish watching a “good” one, I usually say to myself, “WOW! that was amazing!”.

And my definition for “good” is, a movie that challenges me about understanding its story. A movie that involves time: future-present-past, reality & dreaming, imagination & a little of science fiction, open ends & unexpected surprises. A movie that has “Aha!” moments.

But when I watch that type of movies, I experience a group of feelings…

The difference between reality & movie fades away

While watching, I hardly feel or remember reality. Sometimes I feel that I’m the main character and I feel bad when things get bad.

Screen boundaries disappear

Specially if lights are low and screen is big enough to let me dive in.

It’s like half-sleeping or dreaming

I feel attached to the extent that I can’t stop or pause the movie, I just want to continue living it.

And it takes me some time to go out of this state

After the movie, I spend like half an hour thinking about it and getting ready to land again on reality. It’s like waking up from a dream, really!

And all this happens, when I watch a good movie.


I wonder, what could be our feelings while watching a “good” movie in the future, given that we are moving so fast into virtual reality & holograms?

Omar Abou El-khir

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Senior Research Software Engineer at Microsoft | Co-founder of Videolator, ImagineCup WW-Winner | Building great products is my true passion! OmarAbouElkhir.com

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