12 Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys

Starring : Madeline Stowe, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Terry Gillian (The Fisher King, ex Pythonite)

A strange tale of time travel, madness and genocide.
Willis Joe Cole, a prisoner some time in the future. His is volunteered for the job of travelling back in time to determine who let out the virus that killed 90% of the worlds population. At first he goes back to 1990, after beating up two policemen, he is put in an insane asylum. There he meets Jeff (Brad Pitt) a seriously nutty teenager. He is assessed by Stowe, playing a psychologist.

The authorities bring him back to the future, them send him back to 1996. The virus starts killing people in December that year. There he again meets the still insane Jeff, and the psychologist. The remainder of the film is about finding the group 12 monkeys and explaining his strange dream.

The film is about 2 hours in length and drags at times. Given Gillian’s
last film “The Fisher King” and it’s social comments and morality, I was often wondering if there should be some meaning or comment apart from the narrative. My only conclusion is that it is about the futility of the human condition in this century, and that sometimes the certified insane are more sane than the rest of us.

Brad Pitt gets acting points for his suitably over the top performance. Something like a less hyperactive Jim Carey. Bruce Willis carries the film as the anti-hero Cole. His cynical roles in previous films are right for this rather morbid tale.

There isn’t any sex, little violence, little bad language and no thrills
or suspense.

Call it a strange SciFi tale. Still don’t know if I would recommend it,
so 5/10.

Now a TV Series