Starring: Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe, Brad Pitt
Contents: Strong language, male nudity, violent scenes
Summary: In 1996 a plague wipes out 99% of humanity, leaving the few
remaining to shelter in underground bunkers. The outside world is cut off. In the year
2032, a group of scientists send a man back in time to help find the source of this
disease, in the hope of finding a pure strain and using it to make a cure. The only clue
is a mysterious group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, which seems to have claimed
responsibility for the plague.
VERY good, very disturbing film. I really like director Terry
Gilliam's style (you can see more of it in the movies "The Adventures of Baron
Munchausen" and "Brazil"") and the views of the future society clearly
show his handiwork.
There is an undercurrent of futility in the film, as it subscribes to what I call the
"Terminator" theory of time-travel: events are fixed, and any changes that a
future visitor makes turn out to be part of what already was. Bruce Willis' character is a
man pushed very close to the edge, haunted by dreams of his childhood and trying to decide
which world he belongs in: the bleak, cold world of 2032 or the still-living world of
1996. He does a great job in this film, proving that his strong showing in Pulp Fiction (despite my misgivings about that film) was no
The supporting characters are great, as well: Brad Pitt goes over the top playing the
half-sane son of a major businessman (who's virus research turns out to be critical to the
film) and Madeline Stowe is excellent as the psychiatrist who finds Willis.
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