Movie Review: Twelve Monkeys (1995)

With Bonus Music!

This movie review comes with a bonus synthwave song featuring a few lines from the film: Le Matos: 58 Minutes pour vivre.

All right, so this isn’t quite the same as our other movies. We don’t see as much of the plague unraveling society, but we do see the horrible dystopian future a few times. It’s very clearly a 1990s vision of the future where for some reason we all live in abandoned factories. Well, those of us who lived. Also, it is never daylight in the future because night time is scary.

The movie is pretty good, with a lot of good actors. There’s some funky time travel which is usually annoying to me, but it works in this movie. The ending is great — it alone is worth the watch. This is much more of a character driven affair than most of these movies, as the virus itself isn’t really explained or dwelled on. It kills a lot of us, let’s move on to these folk.

I liked this movie *a lot*, but as far as a plague movie, I’m dropping it in 4th. The top three are pretty high bars to pass for a movie about an outbreak of any kind.

1. 28 Days Later
2. Contagion
3. Outbreak
4. 12 Monkeys
5. 28 Weeks Later

Report card:
Runtime: Two hours and nine minutes.
Acting: Great.
Effects: Typical 1990s dystopian future stuff.
Violence: A couple rough scenes.
Dead Townsfolk: Billions. We may have set a new record. (“About 1% of us survived.”)
Revenge Kills: Bruce Willis kills some particularly heinous people on occasion.
Gun Use: Nothing too unrealistic.
Gore: There’s some gross bits.
Creepy? No.
Monster Type? Environmentalists.
Monster Ick Factor: How do you feel about patchouli.
Funny? Here and there.
Nudity: The much feared DUDE BUTT.
Pet Death: Not directly.
Pacing: Pretty damn good given the length of the movie!