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Twelve Monkeys

By |2018-03-21T18:31:12+01:00September 8th, 2005|Reviews|


Date: 1995

Director: Terry Gilliam

Starring: Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Madeleine Stowe, Christopher Plummer


here’s no stopping Terry Gilliam when he’s on his game. He’s a kid in a candy store of wild mischief. Here, time travel and disease get a satirical jump on reality. James Cole (Bruce Willis) is a futuristic convict sent back to the 20th century to stop a mankind-exterminating plague (Superman would disapprove). But the moronic futurists get it wrong and Cole is dispatched first to a mental institution and then into rational hands, a shrink named Kathryn Railly (Madeline Stowe). The plot gets thick and wondrous with the addition of Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the mad-hatter son of a biologist who is experimenting (you guessed it) with virus strains. Willis is at his best (a great anti-hero) and Pitt, asked to be adolescent, is delightful. This movie is as charming as it is ominous, a combination only Gilliam can pull off with gusto. Haunting accordion score by Paul Buckmaster.

About the Author:

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.