It’s been 12 years since the 10th anniversary of Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, so what better time to create a flimsy excuse to revisit and review what is one of the best time travel movies ever made.
I don’t want to give too much away for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet, and I would recommend watching it as soon as you can, because even in 2017 it still holds up as a really interesting and captivating movie.
Jumping between 2030 and 1996, Bruce Willis as James Cole races against the clock to save the human race from a deadly contagion.
Twelve Monkeys plays with Cole’s perception of what’s real and what isn’t, setting up a movie where the ending is as vague to the audience as it is to Cole.
You spend the film watching the inevitable happen, hoping that what Cole does can change the ending he’s trying to avoid.
A sci-fi thriller like Twelve Monkeys was a first for Bruce Willis at the time, who until then had just done things like Hudson Hawk or Die Hard, and since opened him up to roles like The Fifth Element or Looper.
The music in this film is incredibly unique, and creates a stressful vibe for the film. It really makes the film that much better, and plays into the confusion and disassociation happening within Willis’ character.
I know this film has been around for 22 years now, and we’re 2 seasons into the TV remake of the story, but I still want to refrain from giving any spoilers away.
The last thing I want to do is rob anyone of the revelation at the end of the movie, which is really what sets this film apart from all other time travel movies.
Even now, after the amount of times I have seen it, I still discover a new clue or hint hidden in the film and I fall in love with the movie all over again.
This is a hard movie to review without giving too much away, because what makes this movie great is the story itself.
It’s something you have to see for yourself to appreciate it the way I do, so I recommend checking it out.