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Film Club: Twelve Monkeys

Friday 25 January 2013, 13:32

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

The Kermode Uncut Film Club is back with Terry Gilliam's brilliant sci-fi thriller Twelve Monkeys. Watch the intro and the film and let me know what you think.

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    Comment number 1.

    Paid my money to see this back in the day at the local flea pit. It's a magnificent piece of filmmaking. The Twelve Monkeys most certainly did it.

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    Comment number 2.

    But what happened to Local Hero? Why no follow-up?

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    Comment number 3.

    yay a film i dont have to see to be a part of the chat

    the best new question is

    which is better - twelve monkeys vs looper (ignoring terminator and back to the future)

    as i type this i discover that this entire blog is about this imdb argument lol

    basically if you like clutter you prefer twelve monkeys - i prefer the minimalism of looper

    both have strong endings tho and great female performances - brad pitt ruined twelve monkeys for me

    no one can argue twelve monkeys is incredibly unique tho as is every gilliam film

    simon jones is a really lovely addition for any sci fi fan too

    oh i never knew about jeff bridges being an option - wow as much as i prefer bridges - willis had the hard look this world needed

    both are good films but looper wins for me - film of 2012

    emily blunt should of got an award big time

    or the kid pierce gagnon to go up against quvenzhané wallis for an awards 'kid off'

    and yes the twelve monkeys making of is great - as is any making of

    great choice doctor

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    Comment number 4.

    For me this is Gilliam's true masterpiece. While there were things to admire about Brazil I never felt it hung together narratively. With 12 Monkeys he made one of the defining sci fi films of the past 30 years. A maze of time travel, paranoia and a dream like psychosis that stands up today as well as it did on release. Bruce Willis has never been better and I feel he was very unlucky not to get a Best Actor nom at the Oscars for this performance that showed he was so much more than a man with a gun and a witty catchphrase. The film is a triumph.

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    Comment number 5.

    Agreed. Great film.
    I had ignored it for years but after seeing Fear and loathing and Brazil i thought i could be missing out on something good. I like how dirty and run down everything is, especially in the future. Cole is played well by Willis and you care about whether he makes it. But mostly i just love the crazy Gilliamness of it all.
    Hearing how the studio wanted to change it, again makes me wonder why they get talent like Gilliam in to direct anything. they knew what they were buying so just let him do it, otherwise why bother? i know i know, it's all about the money...


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