Twelve Monkeys

1995

Action / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

264
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 8 10 527017

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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 8 / 125

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Reviewed by Red-Barracuda 9 / 10

Superior sci-fi

A convict from the year 2035 is assigned a mission in order to win parole. He is sent back in time by a group of scientists to try and discover the source of a fatal plague that wiped out most of the human race. A plague which did not kill animals. In his travels he discovers mysterious graffiti announcing the arrival of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys.

Terry Gilliam has always been an interesting film director and visual stylist even when some of his movies are uneven. With 12 Monkeys he perhaps produces his most wholly satisfying work. It's a consistently compelling mystery within the framework of a time-travelling sci-fi narrative. It's a fairly complex story, so attention is demanded of the viewer. This is perhaps the chief strength of the film, however, as the labyrinthine narrative is one that benefits from multiple viewings. There are still some elements of ambiguity even at the end, so it's a film that actively encourages discussion.

There's a good cast too. Bruce Willis was on a bit of a run in the mid 90's and this is one of the great films he appeared in at the height of his powers. On the other hand, it's one of the first films where Brad Pitt was allowed to display his acting chops and show that he was a lot more than just a pretty face. While in visual terms, it's as interesting as you would expect from a Gilliam movie; although not as phantasmagorical as some of his more personal fantasy features. In 12 Monkeys he was a director for hire but it's not immediately obvious. Perhaps the distance this gave him actually helped instill some discipline that made the whole more cohesive on the whole. Whatever the case, this is an excellent sci-fi film with a compelling central mystery.

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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