12 Monkeys is
a very well crafted science-fiction movie about a virus that causes the end of human
life. Bruce Willis plays James Cole, a prisoner from the future who’s chosen for his
ability to remember things to travel to the past and return with clues about the virus.
The scientists in charge of the project are not very good with time travel, though, and
Cole ends up in the wrong year, naked and acting crazy. He gets arrested and ends up in
a mental ward.
That’s where he meets up with Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt)
who is, without a shred of a doubt, certifiable. Goines really shows his acting ability
in this role -- he gives one of the best efforts of his career in this movie. As the
movie goes on, Goines looks as if he’s the man who sets off a chain of events leading to
the creation and spread of the virus that Willis is seeking.
Stowe plays Cole’s doctor who alternately tries to help Willis and to have him caught by
the police. She’s convincing in the part and serves to bring a level of sanity to the
By the end of the movie, you’ll be wondering if Cole
actually started the events when he was sent back to find the start of the virus. And
then you’ll start to think about the possibilities that going back in time to fix a
problem would end up causing it. The plot twists and turns and folds back on itself more
This is an exciting, thought-provoking movie with great