Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Twelve Monkeys - Movie Review

This one drove me completely insane. James Cole (Bruce Willis) is in the future, circa 2035, after the entire human population on the face of the earth has been wiped out with a deadly virus planted by some terrorist organisation called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. He is sent back to the past to find out who planted the virus and to get a sample if he could by a bunch of futuristic and equally mad scientists who seem to have no clue of what they are doing.

Not surprisingly they send him back to 1990 instead of 1997, the year of the plague, and ends up appropriately in a lunatic asylum where he meets certain important characters as far as the movie is concerned - an attractive psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and a fellow madman (Brad Pitt), who also turns out to be the future head of the Army of Twelve Monkeys.

Running between correct and incorrect timelines, not knowing whether he is in real time or hallucinating, Cole ends up bashing a few people and understanding something of the plot. Stowe's biggest realisation is finding out that Cole is not mad. Brad Pitt is brilliant as the madman. Finally the bad guys get away, the good guys get shot, the past merges with the future, the kid is alive and the movie ends. The viewers get up dazed, wondering why they were subjected to what they just went through and decide against watching movies that have attractive star casts in them.

It was singularly the most boring movie I saw and I understood nothing of it. What they should be complimented on is in making movies like this and  getting top actors to act in them - maybe it could have turned out better if dealt with in another way. But seriously, this one suffocated me and drove me nuts.

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