Friday, October 30, 2009

Oh, wouldn't it be great if I *was* crazy? Then the world would be okay

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

Do you ever wish you could change the past? Do you ever want to know what the future holds for you? How would things be different if you changed everything? Well Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame as well as great films like Brazil, answers that question and more in his great sci fi thriller 12 Monkeys.

Inspired by the black and white short film La Jetee this thriller takes place in a post apocolyptic society where convicted criminal James (Bruce Willis in a great role) is given a chance at freedom if he goes into the past and prevents the virus that caused the apocolypse from happening. Meanwhile he is having these horrible nightmeres of a shooting in an airport. He is first transported into 1990 where he meets Jeffery Goines, the best and most twisted character in the movie. He is young, brash, smart but at the same time completly looney tunes. And who better to play him than Brad Pitt. Pitt is absolutly amazing in this film and really should have earned an Oscar for this role for which he lost to Kevin Spacey.

The themes of memory, time travel and technology are all quite fascinating and thought provoking. The most interesting thing is the cinematic allusions tied to the Hitchcock masterpiece Vertigo. Twelve Monkeys almost feels Hitchcockian in its own way. Its a brilliant film anyway.

This is a great sci fi classic and a definite must see. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.


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