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Lostinthought writes about Twelve Monkeys

Terry Gilliam, David and Janet Peoples, Chris Marker

1995

Film: Twelve Monkeys .
Creator: Terry Gilliam, David and Janet Peoples, Chris Marker

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Is it his real life?Or is it just fantasy?Born in a timeslide,no escape from causality.(With apologies to Queen and the Bohemian R.)A brilliantly clever, constantly time twisting story with two of the best performances you will ever see from a confused and bewildered Willis and totally nuts Pitt.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

1995.The Republic of Wales.Cardiff.Before I watched Torchwood and got to laugh at all the location shots I had previously wandered through and shopped at.Thats not right!!.No rift there!!!

Recollection and revelations

The review,in the monthly film mag bible that is "Empire" was very positive.I went with high expectations and was not disappointed!!
Not only does it challenge you as you watch it to understand whats going on but it makes you question if what you are seeing is real or imagined by Willises' character,Cole.The way the plot pieces itself together is engrossing as are the characters.And the ending is both terribly poignant and yet satisfying.It is one of the most bittersweet sci-fi confectionaries you will ever sample.Once tasted,never forgotten or yet bettered by our Terrance.

Before this...

Brazil,The Fisher King.

Brazil is terriblie unsettling and disturbing.And the ending was so downbeat but right.I hated it for a while then came to appreciate it for its dark sentiments later in life.The Fisher King had many elements that echo in Monkeys particularly the dream sequences.One of the few films I can actually stand with Robin Williams in it!

After This

Oh Dear.

Unfortunately Terry G peaked with Twelve Monkeys and the promises of further cinematic brilliance turned out to be somewhat empty.To cheer myself up I always watch the "Time Bandits."If only he could do something like that again!!

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