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THE FUTURE IS HISTORY
THE FUTURE IS HISTORY
Following the commercial and critical success of The Fisher King, Terry Gilliam next feature would turn to science fiction and a screenplay by Janet and David Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven) inspired by Chris Marker's classic short film La Jetée.
In 1996, a deadly virus is unleashed by a group calling themselves the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, destroying much of the world's population and forcing survivors underground. In 2035, prisoner James Cole (Bruce Willis, Die Hard) is chosen to go back in time and help scientists in their search for a cure.
Featuring an Oscar-nominated turn by Brad Pitt (Fight Club) as mental patient Jeffrey Goines, Twelve Monkeys would become Gilliam's most successful film and is now widely regarded as a sci-fi classic. Arrow Films are proud to present the film in a stunning new restoration.
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The story is fantastic and the visuals are top notch. Unfortunately this film doesn't benefit much in HD, the movie was shot soft, with lots of filters and with wide angle lenses that are never very sharp. That is Gilliam's style. Here, it goes even further, dingy, foggy and dream like and that is the intention.
For Time Travel fans who like their alternate time lines DARK.
What I like the most about this movie is that it takes a unique approach to the time-travel motif and mesmerizes you from the beginning. It makes you question what's real and what isn't and keeps you in suspense and guessing until the very end. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt deliver riveting and irrational performances.
This movie truly is an intellectual treat.
The master used for the transfer could certainly be better, though the actual bluray transfer is good. I hope a restoration makes it even better some day.
I don't know what to end with other than; it does the time travel bit a little TOO well. Every stone is turned, every question is answered, so at the end you don't really have anything to talk about or discuss. It exists well on it's own, but there isn't much point in watching more than once.