Twelve Monkeys

1995

Action / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

257
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 8 10 521030

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Cast

Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goines
Bruce Willis as James Cole
Madeleine Stowe as Kathryn Railly
Christopher Meloni as Lt. Halperin
720p.BLU
752.71 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
2hr 9 min
P/S 9 / 138

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Reviewed by Thy Davideth 3 / 10

For Pseudo Intellects Only

I hated 12 Monkeys!!! I watched 2 hours of this crap and throughout it all there was NO resolution. Nothing!! Just some retard travelling through time to find out the source of the humanity's near extinction and ending with NOTHING!!! And all of you think this is such a brilliant film. Pssssshhhhh!!! Ha! The only thing this movie has going for it is the acting performances of Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis and that seems to be one of the highest consensus as to why this film is liked. I also liked some of the technological aspects of the movie as well. But the story, conception and plot is abysmal and the pacing is slow as hell. And I don't exactly get the message this movie is trying to bring, if there is any. 12 Monkeys is worthless in every way possible. 129 minutes of bull$#!+ with an idiotic conclusion. Blow my butt.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 10 / 10

Chaos Defines Creativity

Film Review: "Twelve Monkeys" (1995)

Received in complete chaos of thought, stretch out into a mindscape of infinite imagination, the motion picture "Twelve Monkeys" directed Terry Gilliam released on December 8th 1995 in New York City remains to amaze with a relentless image system of apocalyptic cinematography by Roger Pratt, a lion in winter standing of building's rooftops, while humanity bound to live underground, inventing time travel to find the cause of an epidemic that stroke the entire population from the face of the Earth.

The stakes could not be higher in this motion picture, where every scene strikes nerves from light to action, from drama to comedy, from zeitgeist-pulse-driving thrills to mind-bending science-fiction panoramas, feeling with main character James Cole, portrayed by Bruce Willis performing like there would not be a tomorrow with foreclosing, high-stress beats to complete resignation, presenting awe-striking range given to him by director Terry Gilliam, before making room for actor Brad Pitt as the institutionalized character of Jeffrey Goines, running through spaces of an over-populated mental institution, explaining the sick-making games in good faith to interact, to connect with the opposite human in dutch camera angles, moving, accelerating, looking out for anker to hold on; the audience completely thrown into a labyrinth of emotions, when actress Madeleine Stowe, portraying female psychiatrist Kathryn Railly with full body awareness, confronting James Cole in time zones between 1990 and 1996, where the infamous virus might have released at an airport to nowhere, raising suspense levels to heights of maximum risks for the falling into love-story of the doctor and his patient, when suddenly the director, supported by an brilliantly written high-standard script placed at releasing Universal Picture Studios through David & Janet Peoples, who took Chris Marker's still photography film "La Jetée" (1962) and elevated it to a masterful motion picture, where each every one involved get pushed to their limits, establishing, witnessing cinema as the artform, involving all other arts, which came before.

When the picture closes, it can be argued about where all this interweaving imaginarium of the filmmaker comes from to deliver such an in the end pitch-perfect film of no lose ends that nevertheless was hard to grasp in terms of marketing at times of its release. I watch it today and my feeling does not betray me in conceiving "12 Monkeys" (1995) fully with the wish to meet it again in quiet, calm moments of the future to recall what it means to confront life, of being human to seek, to find, to confront one's emotions toward everlasting balance from the chaos.

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Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"Maybe the human race deserves to be wiped out."

I approached this picture with some trepidation, as I caught Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" some years ago and wasn't impressed by that sci-fi story at all. This one I thought was pretty well done considering the time travel aspect involved, something that can usually make your head spin but in this film you could keep track of things if you paid attention. A neat thing I learned coming out of the picture was the definition of a Cassandra complex, a psychological phenomenon in which someone's accurate prediction of a crisis is ignored or dismissed. How often do we hear after the fact that someone had a premonition of an earthquake or a plane crash and decided to change their plans? Kind of spooky.

This was a bit of a different kind of role for Bruce Willis. He wasn't called on for those smug looks he's known for and he wasn't a hot shot who had all the answers. As good as he was though, you have to hand it to Brad Pitt for his manic portrayal of mental patient Jeffrey Goines. I've thought about it for a while now, and if I ever had the opportunity to appear in a movie, it would be as the kind of character Pitt role-modeled here. I thought he was a little over the top at times, but again, he was a mental patient, or shall we use James Cole's (Willis) definition - mentally divergent.

Following the story along in it's non-linear approach wasn't too difficult, but there were a couple of things that didn't pass muster for this viewer. A romantic involvement between Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Cole? I don't care how much they might have gone through, that was just too far fetched for me. Also, there's no way one can make the case for Young Cole and the Bruce Willis Cole to exist in the same time and place. I know, it happened in "Back to the Future" too, but I'm not buying it.

Still, I enjoyed the twists that popped up in the movie and the dystopian feel of the picture's setting didn't intrude on the story. It could be I caught this one in just the right frame of mind to find it entertaining, enough so I might give "The Fifth Element" another try. Oh yeah, I got a big kick out of a Bruce Willis line in the story when he said to Kathryn Railly - "All I see are dead people". I would never have guessed that "The Sixth Sense" came out four years after this one.

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