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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Monkeys
Despite the cheesy special effects and some unnecessarily silly scenes that greatly detract from the movie, 12 Monkeys is a very good science fiction movie.
Set in the year 2035, a plague has wiped out much of the human race and they are forced to live deep underground. Scientists of the era send criminals back in time, using imperfect time machine technology, to try...
Published on July 10 2004 by C. Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars rare, but still typical?
This is a really great movie. But, there is a but. I did not like the plot, where someone from the future goes back to the past - and the future results in something because the future is somehow involved in the past. That makes no sense, and there was some other logical breaks. But a really great movie after all, exiting, intelligent, good actors and all that. The 7.9 in...
Published on Mar 16 2004 by John Larsen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man was not meant to Live in two Dimensions,
The astrophysicist send Cole back to 1996 to find out everything he can about the virus, and bring back information so the scientists can find a cure to bring the humans back to the surface. Something goes wrong and Cole is sent back to 1990, where he is sent to a mental institution where he meets a somewhat familiar shrink and a crazed lunatic played by Brad Pitt. Eventually he is sent back to his time/escaped according the the hospital and sent to 1996, to find the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, who supposeldy were behind the virus.
There are lots of twists and suprises and avery weird ending. Astonishing preformances all around from everyone, this is a classic and belongs in everyones collection. TODAY!
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE TWO BEST FILMS MADE BY TERRY GILLIAM.,
The 3 main members of the cast gave one of their finest performances in this movie: Bruce Willis as the enigmatic James Cole, few times he has been as good as he was in "12 Monkeys". Madeleine Stowe as Dr. Kathryn Railly gave balance and subtlety to this dark story. Brad Pitt as the insane Jeffrey Goines gave a touch of black comedy to the movie with his frantic performance.
The soundtrack has very, very good tracks like the beautiful "What A Wonderful World", performed by Louie Armstrong, the melancholic "Sleepwalk", performed by Santo & Johnny, or the mysterious tango rhythm of the main theme in "12 Monkeys". Without a doubt, most of the songs go along with the spirit of the movie.
"12 Monkeys" is one of the best sci-fi films of the 1990s. A very recommendable movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Man can Brad Pitt act,
This review is from: 12 Monkeys (DVD)Brad Pitt Is so good at acting. This moive is really good to Bruce Willis is good to. The dvd is sweet very good pic. I got my 12 monkeys from amazon.com. Get it.
The band Kiddstir rocks
4.0 out of 5 stars may have to watch it twice to enjoy,
5.0 out of 5 stars Ornate, delicate, audacious.,
Twelve Monkeys is, on its surface, a fascinating time travel story. A violent, perhaps pathological, man from the future is repeatedly propelled into the past to collect information. It seems the past is immutable, but it can still be studied. (Indeed, in the final moments of the film, the futility of changing anything becomes clear--or does it?)
Bruce Willis, in a performance that shattered my instinctive dislike for him, struggles with a task that is extraordinarily difficult. He both wants to save mankind, but also to lose himself in a better place. The past, which isn't even his own past in one major respect, is like the prisoner's dream of heaven. And Willis' character is, indeed, a prisoner. He comes from a future where mankind has been all but wiped out by a bio-engineered virus, and the last vestiges of humanity are forced to live underground for fear that they, too, will be infected an die.
Like all of Gilliam's films, there is symbolism aplenty, as well as a rather neat tie in to apocalyptic visions throughout history--as if people from thousands of years ago somehow knew the future, as if it has already been written, and that even the Book of Revelations fortells the plague of 1996. (It could be that the obvious problems with time travel have sent folks like Willis--and their knowledge of man's impending doom--throughout history, or that the past, present, and future exist simultaneously.)
This is film that is fun to watch time and time again. With each viewing, there is more to see, are more clues to detect, are more fascinating discussions to be triggered. Like a philosophical and artistic Rubic's Cube, 12 Monkeys is a delightfully dark fantasy that stimulates both the mind and the eyes.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie,
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review Haiku by Todd Marrone,
fresh script, lots of twists and turns
with a strong ending.
3.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe the human race deserves to be wiped out.",
A man named Cole (Bruce Willis) is tapped for a mission. He lives in a future devastated by a plague that originated in 1996. Cole is told to go back in time and collect information on the virus that unleashed the plague. After emerging in 1990, he is imprisoned and turned over to Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe). After escaping, he reappears in 1996 and contacts Railly once more. After some investigating, the trail of the mysterious 12 monkeys that hold the secret of the coming disaster leads to Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), an animal rights activist who may or may not be planning to give the planet back to the animals.
"12 Monkeys" is a wonder of production design. Its vision of a ravaged future is bleak and unsettling. This is no utopia but a desolate land that reeks of desperation and decay. Gilliam's representation of the modern world is also sobering as it is a place that is slowly descending into chaos because of humankind's close-mindedness and arrogance. The complexity of the script demands quality performances to make the film work and Willis and Pitt are up to the challenge. The disorientation that Willis so effectively conveys is a vital reason for the success of the film as it provides the audience with someone to identify with. Stowe also shines in her role and proves once again that she has unfairly been one of the most overlooked actresses of the last ten years. All in all, "12 Monkeys" is an entertaining film that is worth watching.
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing, though not hard to get,
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, many times over.,
When mental patient James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to find information on a lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Mistakenly, he arrives in 1990. After explaining his plea to Dr. Kathryn Railly, (Madeleine Stowe) he is placed in a mental institution. In 1996, he kidnaps Railly, using her to find the 12 Monkeys, a group of revolutionists that are planning to release the virus into select cities. But he is wanted by the authorities for murder and kidnapping, plus he refuses to return to the future.
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