12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
  • R
  • 2h 9m
  • 1995
Certified Fresh89%
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Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to save the human race from a deadly virus that has forced mankind into dank underground communities in the future. Along his travels, he encounters a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and a mental patient, brilliantly portrayed by Brad Pitt, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease. Believing he can obtain a pure virus sample in order to find a cure in the future, he is met with one riddle after another that puts him in a race with time. This sci-fi masterpiece from the genius mind of Terry Gilliam is a modern-day classic.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: The plot's a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make 12 Monkeys a kooky, effective experience.
Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Rotten

Neither as visually compelling as Brazil nor as emotionally gripping as The Fisher King.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Gilliam gives the material a lunatic poetry of his own, but remains impervious to the requirements...

June 21, 2017
Variety
Emanuel Levy
Fresh

Dark and somber like Blade Runner, this sci-fi is a spectacular mess, a convoluted film with too m...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Fresh

There's always overripe method to his madness, but in the new 12 Monkeys Mr. Gilliam's methods are...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Terry Gilliam's violent dystopian masterpiece.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a disturbing dystopian film that addresses the near eradication of human civilization by a virus. Characters drink, smoke, get in fights, evade the police, and kill one another. There are also upsetting scenes of mental institutions and jails as well as a graphic scene depicting WWI trenches. James Cole is repeatedly sedated, and images of him drooling and nearly catatonic are featured at several points. The movie raises lots of complex moral questions.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Release Date:December 27, 1995
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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