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12 Monkeys Review


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Avant-garde director Terry Gilliam, absent from the screen since 1991's The Fisher King, has at last returned. The turn of 1996 brings us 12 Monkeys, Gilliam's holocaust/time travel picture about a man, his psychiatrist, and a fiendish plot to decimate the human race...I think. Gilliam is a visual mastermind, but as far as putting together a cohesive, accessible film, he's coming up a little short.

Over the 130-minute running time, a few facts about the plot emerge. You're advised to enter the theater as well-armed with information as possible. He's the lowdown: Bruce Willis is James Cole, a prisoner in the year 2035, when 99 percent of humankind has been eradicated thanks to a virus propagated in 1997. Neo-urban myth traces this virus to a radical group known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

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