12 Monkeys - Twelve Monkeys (1995) Movie Review


12 Monkeys - Twelve Monkeys (1995)

1995 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
129 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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12 Monkeys - Twelve Monkeys Review


In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Twelve Monkeys (1995) is a 2h 9-min rated R cult classic American science-fiction mystery thriller film that was shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and several locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and Maryland, USA. Director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Meaning of Life (1983)) exceeded all of my expectations. I did not think the movie was going to be anything much, but boy was I wrong and happy that the film was an excellent watch with awesome twists. Twelve Monkeys (1995) is a remake that was loosely based on the Chris Marker short film titled La Jetee (1962). The film was similar to a lot of other movies, but it does not matter because it was executed brilliantly enough to make it stand out from the rest and better than most.

Twelve Monkeys is about a virus that killed most of humanity in 1996. The few survivors seek refuge/shelter underground. Skip forward to the year 2035 where James Cole (Bruce Willis - The Sixth Sense (1999), Die Hard (1988), The Fifth Element (1997), Armageddon (1998)) is a prisoner who lives under the ruins of Philadelphia. Cole is no ordinary prisoner as he was trained for a particular mission where he will be sent back in time to collect data on the virus so that the scientists can possibly develop a cure. The mission did not go as planned as Cole arrives in Baltimore but not in 1996. He arrived in 1990 and is arrested which led him to be sent to a mental institution where he met Dr. Kathryn Railly. He also met Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt - Inglourious Basterds (2009), Fight Club (1999), World War Z (2013), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)) who he tried to escape with but failed.

It did not take long after Cole was locked in a cell for him to return to the future from the timeline he originally came from. Cole was given some information regarding the Twelve Monkeys who are responsible for the virus and is sent back to the past but accidently arrives at a battlefield of World War I. The movie progresses to being an outstanding film with detail scenes that does not leave the audience/viewers guessing for answers. Twelve Monkeys had an estimated budget of $29 million and grossed over $168 million at the box office which speaks for itself saying that science fiction and thrillers fans should not miss Twelve Monkeys.

With all said, the plots were a bit haywire, but there were some mind-blowing plot twists, and all of the actors gave us excellent performances which altogether left us with a compelling experience. I like the idea of Cole not being sent to change the past but instead to take notes on how to improve their future. The movie was brought together well with the help of the editors and entire production crew including the cinematographer, sound, and special effects department.

About 12 Monkeys - Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Title: 12 Monkeys - Twelve Monkeys
Original Title: 12 Monkeys
AKA: Twelve Monkeys
Year: 1995
Runtime: 129 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Bruce Willis, David Morse, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Raymond Mamrak, Bruce Kirkpatrick, Christopher Meloni, Julie Mabry, Matt Ross, Charles Techman, Aaron Michael Lacey, Richard Stanley, Bill Raymond, Joey Perillo, Robert O'Neill, Madeleine Stowe, Jodi Dawson, Jeff Tanner, Rozwill Young, Chuck Jeffreys, Allelon Ruggiero, Sal Mazzotta, Drucie McDaniel, Rick Warner, Renee Spei, Michael Chance, Jann Ellis, LisaGay Hamilton, Janet Zappala, Stan Kang
Writers: Chris Marker, David Webb Peoples, Janet Peoples
Director: Terry Gilliam

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