12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

DVD - 2005
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JudyJetson3000
Mar 12, 2019

Best time travel movie, ever! (Donnie Darko being second best ever.) Bruce Willis wanted to stretch his acting skills, to be thought of as a dramatic actor, and, he did it, so well. Brad Pitt shows off his incredible acting range and Madeline Stowe is a compelling female lead. I've seen this movie 50 times. That's because I continued to notice new things. Practically no plot holes whatsoever. Excellent sound track.

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

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richmole
Oct 26, 2018

Four stars--and I rarely give a five-star rating.

Classic movie--a very good one in any genre, but especially good in the Sci-fi category.

Stand-out performances by Bruce Willis in the lead, and one from Brad Pitt in his Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning performance as the crazed loonie, Jeffrey. Simply magnificent--a real career break-out performance from 1995. Once in a while, Pitt is handed a role that allows him to reveal a kind of inspired madness. We saw it again in Burn After Reading. Madelaine Stow's excellent, too.

But the REAL stars of this funny, fascinating and ultimately heart-wrenching movie are the husband-and-wife writing team, David (Bladerunner; Unforgiven) and Janet Peoples and the movie's Director Terry Gilliam.

Brilliant; undiminished in its captivating power, 30-odd years on.

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humbleworm
Oct 11, 2018

12 Monkeys is conceptually similar to The Last Mimzy and the Terminator series (minus cyborgs), involving retro-corrective time travel to present day from a failed future. This also has aspects that reminded me of Ian Watson's "The Very Slow Time Machine". I particularly liked the fact that Bruce Willis' character did not have all the answers.

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jaketaz777
Jul 12, 2017

Great movie, this was just all scratched up copy, and i was unable to view the ending!

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1aa
Jul 05, 2017

Though a science fiction movie, its structured as a tragedy, indeed with an exquisite poignancy that reminds one of Sophocles. Clever and at moments quite funny.

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gingin1972
May 08, 2017

Boring crap over 2 hours of my life wasted!

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wongsokguan
Jan 05, 2017

Weird movie. Brad Pitt is a absolute lunatic -- played a very convincing part.

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casem
Oct 23, 2016

I've always had problems with time travel movies since the inevitable contradictions that arise always bothered me unless you assume we live in a multiverse where all timelines are possible (which doesn't make it better). This movie has those same contradictions, if you can look beyond them and treat it as an action yarn it's acceptable.

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Frey29
Mar 03, 2016

People who say this is pointless, just aren't getting it--the devil is in the details. You really have to pay attention. Bruce Willis, who I don't usually care for, is amazing in this movie. If you're looking for big battles and explosions--this isn't it. If you want great writing, clever plots, and good acting this is for you.

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RoseyCoffee
Dec 19, 2015

Fantastic movie and one of those films that needs to be watched again in order to catch the full story.
The three lead characters are all top performers at their peak.

The story is a bit "out there" but believable enough, especially with such a top notch group of actors weaving this sci-fi tale.

Brad Pitt steals the show and I totally agree with his characters rantings about society and television. That scene is worth watching as it really is food for thought.

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nidus
Sep 07, 2015

Excellent performances by Pitt and Bruce Willis. A true classic.

Marinetti Apr 16, 2015

Based on the French film " La Jetee " by Chris Marker ( an excellent film- worth seeking out ). Gilliam's adaptation is entertaining enough to watch.

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ManMachine
Jul 03, 2014

Are there 2 versions of this movie out there? Are there!?

I think this must be so 'cause that's the only thing that explains why so many reviewers gave 12 Monkeys such ecstatic praise and high ratings. These people saw the fabulously brilliant version of this movie. While, on the other hand, I was stuck having to endure this ultimate crap version.

For starters, 12 Monkeys has got to be the absolute worst and most unconvincing "time travel" movie ever made. Willis' character literally just pops in and out of time at random without the aid of any sort of machine, or device, or special effect.

And, speaking about Willis (who I absolutely despise), not only did his apathetic performance, as James Cole, suck, big-time - But, as a viewer, I really resent that I was forced to have to look at his ugly bare ass 3x in this movie.

I'd say that this badly-handled, mind-numbing story (which really had nothing at all to do with 12 Monkeys, per se) could've easily been told in about 25 minutes, instead of its ridiculously over-long 130 minutes.

I think that director Terry Gilliam is an ultimate moron to have tackled this nonsensical story that literally went nowhere, fast. His inept, short-sighted direction rendered 12 Monkeys' story as being annoying, flawed and incoherent beyond reason.

kevfarley Jan 17, 2014

My second viewing of this perfect script with peak performances by Willis and Pitt has me convinced that this is one of the best Sci-fi films ever made !!

ImagineReason Jan 16, 2014

Watch it a few times and you'll realize this story makes perfect sense. Unlike Gilliam's other films he did not write this one, so it is completely logical, including the conclusion!

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Limboden76
Jun 29, 2013

Outside of Brad Pitt's awesome performance, this movie is pointless.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 04, 2013

This is sci-fi with a very convoluted plot. Not easy to follow. Only for the very patient and hardcore sci-fi fans who believe in time travel.

a5a22406 Aug 26, 2012

I like most of Bruce Willis's movies, but not this one. It's a real junker! Disjointed and all over the place. Madeleine Stowe is always easy on the eyes, though. Anyhow, you can't win them all.

Mocha6ft3 Apr 12, 2012

Ha,ha,ha,ha. This movie is out there!! I really enjoyed the performances of Mr. Bruce Willis and Mr. Brad Pitt. Mr. Pitt's character had me laughing as the looney in the asylum. Although this movie contains all around sound, it's still best to watch this on your HOMETHEATER. You'll appreciate the story while trying to figure out what's going on watching this movie. I enjoyed it and have it as part of my collection. I'm giving this way-out-there movie 5 stars!!!!! Great characters, very good story, and solid performances by the actors. Two slightly burnt cheese and ham sandwiches on whole wheat bread, a pint of chocolate chunk icecream, and milk.

aaa5756 Jan 14, 2012

B+ DVD

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RobEreToll
Nov 02, 2011

A really good movie. Keeps you on your toes trying to figure everything out. I will point out one flaw in the movie... and you can figure out the rest... if you get shot in the past, and you come back to the future with the bullet in your body; you can not carbon date the bullet to the past... it's freshly minted... you just got shot... it came through time with you. All the science flaws aside this is an all time favourite of mine. Both Pitt and Willis went on to play roles that reflect the style they acted within this movie.

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bdls206
Sep 29, 2011

The script is incredibly good, and the same can be said about the performances of both Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. This a very good movie thats not worth missing, I would highly recommend this movie to science fiction fans.

lasertravis May 20, 2011

This movie twists and turns and begs for a second watching. Great story and good acting. A more visceral and graphic view of the future. Along the lines of Millenium.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

The script is incredibly good, and the same can be said about the performances of both Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. This a very good movie thats not worth missing, I would highly recommend this movie to science fiction fans.


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