What to watch, what to watch. Hey look, Bruce Willis movies. 12 Monkeys huh? Ok, cool.
It actually wasn't until about midway through the movie that I remembered seeing previews for this movie several years back. Then I was excited - it had looked kinda cool and now I got to see it. Yay!
The beginning is a tad bit scrambled. You might be sitting there thinking "Huh?", but don't worry, things work themselves out. Kind of. This movie was meant to be a bit of a brain tease so that's what you're going to get.
Enter James Cole (Bruce Willis, Die Hard, Armageddon - yay!). He lives in a time where a deadly virus (isn't it always a virus?) has killed 5 billion people (ok, practically everyone) in the year 1996. Now those who are left live underground, as animals have taken over up above. He's volunteered/chosen to go back in time to 1996 to gather information about who let the virus loose and stop it if possible. However, they goofed and instead sent him back to the year 1990. Obviously when he starts going on and on about stopping a virus in the future etc. etc., they lock him up in a mental institution. Crap.
That's where he meets a psychiatrist named Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe, Last of the Mohicans, We Were Soldiers, and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt, Ocean's 11, Meet Joe Black) another inmate. He has chats with Jeffrey and wouldnt you know it, ole Jeffs dad happens to be a scientist whose expertise lies in viruses. But it's going to be a tough road ahead because things keep going awry. James keeps getting taken in and out of whatever time he happens to be in until finally makes it to 1996 but not after getting shot in the leg from a short run in with World War II. Stupid time travel goof ups.
Once in 1996, he kidnaps Kathryn to help him in his search for information about the Army of the 12 Monkeys - the group that James has been told is responsible for releasing the virus. So who is responsible? Jeffrey? The Army of the 12 Monkeys? Is there a link? Is Jefferys dad involved? And if that werent enough for James to try and figure out, throughout everything, he keeps remembering things. He can remember Kathryn somehow, and not just from 1990, but long before that like when he was a kid. But Kathryn thinks he's crazy and delusional until at one point James vanishes (back to the future) and she finds that some of the things hes told her have come to pass. And then she finds a picture of him in World War II. Things all start coming together and she realizes that James was right. Now she just has to find him again somehow.
This movie actually has several ideas in kind of a mish-mosh, but workable way. Animal rights, time travel, insanity that leads to the question of what is real, and science are all interwoven in such an odd way, it works out. At some points in time, you might even be wondering, is James actually crazy or right?
Oh, and if you don't like Brad Pitt, don't worry because I think he did a fabulous job of being a nutcase. He was definitely an obvious wack instead of Mr. Hot Guy as most people like to think of him as. And Bruce Willis? He does a good job wherever he goes and did very well in this movie. Its a weird little sci-fi that kept me intrigued, and a few times even made me go "Aww!" due to the *ahem* thing between James and Kathryn. Sorry, Bruce Willis is cute, and I can't deny it. The poor baby. He's in a pretty crappy position.
I thought this movie was pretty good once things started falling into place and I wasn't baffled anymore. My only problem was the end. I felt it kind of made the movie pointless. I mean, I guess I should have seen it coming, but still. Doesn't hurt to hope. I won't say what the end was though, but because of it I just can't give this movie 4 stars. Sorry.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try. Especially if you're into funky sci-fi stuff like me. And it is kind of interesting since the years are 1996-7 and we're sitting here in the 2000s. Usually its I live in 2079 and had to go back to 2042 to stop something. Besides, you might enjoy it more than me ending or no ending. ^_~
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