Terry Gilliam, the mastermind behind Monty Python's wild animations and the critically acclaimed feature 'Brazil', brings us 'Twelve Monkeys', a thought-provoking post-apocalyptic thriller starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt in a Golden Glode-winning role.
The year is 2035 and 99% of the Earth's human population has been eradicated by a deadly virus, forcing the few that remain to live far beneath the surface. In an attempt to find out more about the virus, scientists from the future send back criminal James Cole (Willis) to find clues and learn more about the mysterious Army of the Twelve Monkeys, a terrorist group thought to have released the infection.
Gilliam's film is a great expression of just how brilliant a film-maker the former Python actually is. The stunning visuals, wonderful ideas and thought provoking twists make 'Monkeys' a unique motion picture which really does require the viewers imagination to make any sense at all.
Willis and Pitt give the performances of their career and Madeleine Stowe is fantastic as Phycologist Kathryn Railly. It is said that Gilliam, to get the desired effect from his star, took away Pitt's cigarettes to aid him wth the quirky mannerisms and fast paced diologue of the character; which just goes to show how far the now renowned film-maker will go to deliver an awe-inspiring film to his audience.