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Twelve Monkeys - 2/2/2006 3:33:49 PM   
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- 12/3/2006 12:26:08 PM   
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Wills and Pitt give their best perfomances, and is one of Terry Gilliam's best films.

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- 20/12/2006 12:05:53 PM   
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Directed by the master of dystopian visions, Terry Gilliam, Twelve Monkey bombards the audience with a complex, yet digestable, film - which unlike it's fellows in the genre, is also heatwarming. Bradd Pitt and Bruce Willis enter career altering roles, which demonstrate their immense talent and no doubt paved their way for future roles.

The direction and photography of everything from the set pieces to the 1996 Philidelphia are breathtaking, to the point where the viewer is fully imerged in the film, becoming part of the concept - yet still being aware enough to fit the jigsaw plot together.

This film is a true classic and my favourite Gilliam film (although Brazil is very close), I think it will go down in history as one of the best sleeper hits of the 1990s. It has certainly paved the way for future films of a similar films (just look at the clear resemblances to Gilliam ideas in films such as Children Of Men).

Also if you pick up the DVD, the additional documentary film 'The Hamster Factor' is a very insightful view not only into Gilliam's film but the entire Hollywood studio proccess.

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- 20/12/2006 12:05:55 PM   
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Directed by the master of dystopian visions, Terry Gilliam, Twelve Monkey bombards the audience with a complex, yet digestable, film - which unlike it's fellows in the genre, is also heatwarming. Bradd Pitt and Bruce Willis enter career altering roles, which demonstrate their immense talent and no doubt paved their way for future roles.

The direction and photography of everything from the set pieces to the 1996 Philidelphia are breathtaking, to the point where the viewer is fully imerged in the film, becoming part of the concept - yet still being aware enough to fit the jigsaw plot together.

This film is a true classic and my favourite Gilliam film (although Brazil is very close), I think it will go down in history as one of the best sleeper hits of the 1990s. It has certainly paved the way for future films of a similar films (just look at the clear resemblances to Gilliam ideas in films such as Children Of Men).

Also if you pick up the DVD, the additional documentary film 'The Hamster Factor' is a very insightful view not only into Gilliam's film but the entire Hollywood studio proccess.

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- 1/11/2007 7:58:59 PM   
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Totally fantastic film. No more to say

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Superb! - 11/12/2007 3:29:10 PM   
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The only real shame with this film is that it shows what Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt are capable of, yet rarely replicate. A phenominal film from the king of oddball, Terry Gilliam. You will have to watch it more than once for it to make complete sense, but it's worth it. Madeleine Stowe is wonderful as Willis' psychiatrist, and as the story moves on and he begins to doubt himself, her performance is excellent.

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Fantastic/ Disorienting/ Well-written/ Amazing!! - 30/1/2008 1:28:48 PM   
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This is one of the best films I have ever seen. Bruce Willis is incredible, and Brad Pitt is equally brilliant. A landmark for Gilliam, and filmmaking as a whole.

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- 10/1/2010 2:28:14 PM   
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There's flashes of shere genius in this, such as the ironic satire of someone sent from the future to help man- kind, immediately thrown into a lunatic asylum or the use of Hitchcock classics such as Vertigo playing out in a cinema mirroring the mystery of identity and appearance. Pitt and Stowe are exceptionally good. Whilst the world of the future gives Gilliam room to play. Philadelphia becomes an appropriately grimey pre-apocalypse setting. As for Wilis, his character is a violent schizophrenic capable of murder, hears voices and by the second half believes that he's insane only for his psyciatrist, Kathryn (Stowe) to believe otherwise. It's likely on first viewing that you will be thinking about it for ages afterwards due to its ending and that's no bad thing.

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RE: - 4/10/2012 11:28:18 AM   
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anyone rewatched this in light of Looper? im currently searching around for my old vhs (as i dont want to spend any money on the dvd)

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RE: RE: - 4/10/2012 1:14:19 PM   
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ORIGINAL: jackcarter

anyone rewatched this in light of Looper? im currently searching around for my old vhs (as i dont want to spend any money on the dvd)


Totally know where you're coming from! I enjoyed Looper a lot, and it was especially refreshing to see Willis doing some pretty decent acting for a change, rather than whoring himself out for a TV ad! Looper's many time travel flaws immediately made me think of Twelve Monkeys, which although not as conventionally entertaining, is by far the superior film. (A film I just went ahead and bought off Amazon, hopefully it'll arrive tomorrow.) Twelve Monkeys' time travelling plot stands up to much greater scrutiny, and benefits from what I personally think is Willis's best ever performance.

The only thing I don't like is the 'future' production design, full of Gilliam's trademark exaggerations and grotesquery (like Brazil). It is however appropriate for suggesting the notion that everything could be an extended delusion / nightmare.

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RE: RE: - 9/10/2012 5:37:19 PM   
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Still my fave film of all time.

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