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  • 15
  • Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • 1995
  • 129 mins

Twelve Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys

Synopsis

Richly detailed, deliriously realised time-travel thriller from Terry Gilliam, starring Bruce Willis

About

Based on the 1962 short La Jetée, Terry Gilliam's brilliant dystopian thriller is his finest film yet, with its inevitably stunning visuals, a nail-biting plot, and the casting against type of Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.

Willis, here remind everybody of his ability to alternate no-brain blocksbusters with smaller, interesting projects, is time-travelling convinct James Cole, who is sent from his futuristic prison back to the 1990s to prevent mankind from being destroyed by a virus which may have something to do with mental patient Jeffrey Goines (Pitt, earning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination).

Kicking off with a bizarre sci-fi thriller - once sent back, Cole's babblings about the impending human wipeout land him in an institution alongside the clearly barmy Jeffrey - Gilliam goes on to deliver a movie that is not only rich in visual detail but offers an involving, occasionally baffling storyline and builds the tension to positively unbearable levels during the final reel.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Frederick Strother, Bruce Willis, David Morse, Christopher Plummer, Brad Pitt, Madeleine Stowe, Jon Seda, Joseph Melito, Frank Gorshin
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Screen Writer: Janet Peoples, David Webb Peoples
  • Producer: Charles Roven
  • Photographer: Roger Pratt
  • Composer: Paul Buckmaster

In a nutshell

Superb.

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