Saturday, July 14, 2012

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys is is a 1995 science fiction film based on the 1962 French short film La Jetée (The Pier), which I saw years ago. I've wanted to see 12 Monkeys ever since it came out but somehow never got to it 'til now. I do wish I'd seen it sooner, because that would mean I'd be watching it again instead of just now seeing it for the first time.

12 Monkeys stars Bruce Willis and is directed by Terry Gilliam.


Moria gives it 4 out of 5 stars and says it "is not an easily likeable film. Terry Gilliam seems to film with a wilful emphasis on ugliness" but adds, "to bear with Terry Gilliam’s vision is ultimately rewarding." says the film
finds a profound poignancy in its sci-fi premise and actually pays back its debt to Hitchcock in a scene so layered it spins a new twist into his bottomless spiral of a movie.
DVD Talk says, "In every way, 12 Monkeys is a fully realized work of art and stands as not just one of Terry Gilliam's best film, but as one of the best films of the 1990's." Roger Ebert closes by saying,
the more you know about movies (especially the technical side), the more you're likely to admire it. ... And as an entertainment, it appeals more to the mind than to the senses.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 88%.

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