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    I've seen this movie about four times, however I havent seen it in a couple of days, I re-watched it today and was blown away yet again. It is such a good movie, I cant belive its 11 years old, but the story is fresher than anything Ive seen in recent memory. Anyway If you havent seen it you have to. I wish I could see it again for the first time! makes we want to start writing again!




    Terry Gilliam's fantastic, twisted story of a virus destroying all but a handful of people across the Earth and forcing them to move underground and the man sent back in time to gather information about it is a fantastic, dizzying, and highly stylized film that boasts Bruce Willis' best performance ever.

    What sets 12 Monkeys apart from most time-travel sci-fi movies is that Bruce Willis character actually deals with what the psychological effects of time-travel, that is, not knowing what reality is actual reality: the place that the time-traveler comes from or goes to. Also, the film recognizes that things that have past cannot be altered and that the prevention of a cataclysmic event, in this case the release of said virus, cannot be stopped or changed. As Willis asserts "It's already happened," while he's in a mental hospital, the major dilemma the film trudges into is not a trite, overdone plot to save the world; instead it's Willis' inner struggle to simply survive himself. It's a fresh, innovative concept, and it works beautifully thanks to a tautly written script by Peoples and Gilliam's unique brand of dementia.

    Besides this, 12 Monkey's storytelling is totally non-linear and instead opts to distort and bend the way the story is told skillfully incorporating a bevy of different time sequences: flashbacks, dreams, memories, the present, the past, the future, and even a scene that is lifted out of Hitchcock's Vertigo. All serve to envelop the viewer into its disturbing cacophony of madness and futility.

    Visually, Gilliam is a master of desolate umbrage and shadow rivalling Tim Burton in his strikingly despondent scenery and imagery. With cold, wide, and immersing cinematography, Gilliam plunges into the colorless surroundings and darkness of his characters. The scenes are often bathed in a strangely antiseptic, dead white and help serve as a contrast to the often veering-on-madness characters.

    Performance-wise, Brad Pitt steals most scenes, filling them with a patented loony, off-the-wall performance that deservedly garnered him an Oscar nomination. As mentioned, Bruce Willis gives the best performance of his career, not reverting to his heroic cliches and cardboard hero and instead portraying Cole as a simple, poignant, tragic everyman. Equally good is Madeline Stowe as Willis' psychologist. She holds her own, injecting her character with both wild energy and strength as she collapses under the weight of what she comes to believe is a false 'religion.'

    Gilliam's expert, overwhelming, and complex handling of what could have been a routine action/sci-fi film makes 12 Monkeys a compelling vision of a nightmarish, futuristic landscape. Its rich, well-thought out, intricate storyline along with bravura performances from the entire cast and its brooding, bleak cinematography make it a masterpiece of madness. Ranking in my top 10 of all time, 12 Monkeys is a darkly lavish spectacle of a film brimming with brilliance.

    10 out of 10

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114746/

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    It is a good movie and you need to pay attention because its "storytelling is totally non-linear"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BulkMeUp
    It is a good movie and you need to pay attention because its "storytelling is totally non-linear"
    plus the cinematography and acting just pulls you right in!

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    I thought I was the ONLY person who liked that movie.

    Haven't seen it in a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyK
    I've seen this movie about four times, however I havent seen it in a couple of days, I re-watched it today and was blown away yet again.
    Short memory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilPearson
    Short memory?
    I meant years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper
    I thought I was the ONLY person who liked that movie.

    Haven't seen it in a long time.

    I remember when it came out and hardly anyone liked it, I was dumfounded!

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    How can I look like Brad Pitt in this movie?





    Last edited by maniclion; 04-10-2006 at 05:18 PM.
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    Last edited by maniclion; 04-10-2006 at 05:19 PM.
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
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    and drag down the features of age,
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    eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
    no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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    all i get is red x's manic

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyK
    all i get is red x's manic
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
    not yet plucked as to slacken the seams
    and drag down the features of age,
    no folds or creases from unkempt wear
    eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
    no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyK
    plus the cinematography and acting just pulls you right in!



    Come to think of it, it is the only pretty-boy Pitt movie i've seen

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    Quote Originally Posted by BulkMeUp



    Come to think of it, it is the only pretty-boy Pitt movie i've seen

    how about:

    se7en
    fight club
    snatch
    kalifornia

    all good movies bro!

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    Oh yea.. i saw Seven.. but not the rest.

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    Fight Club was an Edward Norton movie. Brad Pitt just happened to be in it.

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    SO you see the Power of the Mystical Monkey appears once again -

    Have Problems?... Chances are its due to overpopulation
    Save The Oceans, Save the Planet, Save Your Family, Save Yourself!



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monkey Man








    SO you see the Power of the Mystical Monkey appears once again -

    Yes, and I will assist the mystical monkey in disapearing once again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDyl
    Yes, and I will assist the mystical monkey in disapearing once again.
    Of course, the Monkey Man can control space and time using the three
    buttons on his chest -

    Have Problems?... Chances are its due to overpopulation
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