12 Monkeys Rocks

I have to say that 12 Monkeys is one of my all-time favorite films.

Yes, I know the subject matter is a tad on the macabre side; definitely not a movie for the kiddies but 12 Monkeys really has it all.  It’s science fiction, drama, futuristic, comedy, and global climate propaganda all wrapped up in one.

I could watch Brad Pitt rattle those cages in the psych ward all day long and his litany on consumer spending is simply outrageous. Brad Pitt plays his part of mental hospital tour guide to perfection. “Wackos everywhere. Plague of madness.” Who thinks this stuff up?

The story opens in the wintry wasteland of the year 2035, where a virulent plague has forced humans to live in a squalid, oppressively regimented underground.

Bruce Willis plays a societal outcast who is given the opportunity to erase his criminal record by “volunteering” to time-travel into the past to obtain a pure sample of the deadly virus that will help future scientists to develop a cure.

But in bouncing from 1918 to the early and mid-1990s, he undergoes an ordeal that forces him to question his own perceptions of reality. Caught between the dangers of the past and the devastation of the future, he encounters a psychiatrist who is initially convinced he’s insane, and a wacky mental patient with links to a radical group that may have unleashed the deadly virus. Equal parts mystery, tragedy, psychological thriller, and apocalyptic drama, 12 Monkeys ranks as one of the best science fiction films of the ’90s

This is a must see movie. Just be sure to wait until the kids are in bed.

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