#120 / 365 – ‘Twelve Monkeys’ (1995) – 129 mins
IMDb Challenge #74 / 250 – Ranked #173 – Via DVD Collection
An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeline Stowe), a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert.
You’ve got to give writer, director, animator, actor Terry Gilliam credit for one thing, he has a mystifying and intriguing mind (‘Time Bandits’, ‘Brazil’ ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’) and with Twelve Monkeys it’s no different with it being a clever if convoluted tale of time travel, insanity and the apocalypse. On top it boasts a wild and dazzling Oscar-nominated performance from Brad Pitt as the loony animal activist Goines, which proves his versatility as an actor. It may take multiple viewings to fully comprehend Twelve Monkeys but on this first viewing evidence it left me with very little enthralment.