Sci-Fi December: 12 Monkeys

Twelve monkeys illustration by Jeff Schwartzbauer12 Monkeys – 1995

Dir: Terry Gilliam | Statting: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt

Year: 1990, 2035

Review: Time travel can be a tricky bit, especially when you are sent back to investigate something that makes you sound like a lunatic. Imprisoned convict Bruce Willis is sent back to the 1990’s (from 2035) to find any information he can about a radical environmental group called ‘The Army of the Twelve Monkeys’, however, the information and the resources at hand in the present day is unreliable and Bruce Willis’ character is sent back to the wrong year where he is committed to a mental hospital. After returning to the present day with an assumed lack of information it is discovered he in fact had encountered some key figures which may have lead to the eradication of 99% of the population in 1997 and Willis is once again sent back to unravel the plot. This movie is great, and its full of fantastic time-travel loops and holes for the characters to get wrapped into. Brad Pitt delivers a Golden Globe winning performance that launched him into his leading man status. The sets, costume design, music, and spiraling plot are all classic signatures of Terry Gilliam’s direction and it is buttoned-in enough to make it one of his best and most accessible films to date.


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