posted on May, 10 2020 @ 01:52 AM
As a sidenote, 12 Monkeys is one of those rare movies (maybe the only one?), whose Predestination Paradox-style time travel plot is absolutely solid -
I can't find a flaw or 'impossibility' about it. Someone thought it through very well. Nothing happens that can't happen, like in so many time travel
movies, when you think about them. Nothing is 'fabricated out of nothing', like the watch in 'Somewhere in Time', for example.
I don't like it much as a movie, as it's very bleak, basically 'nothing' happens in it (the plot, story or events don't really progress after you know
what basically happened in the past and what the future is like) - there's no 'big, satisfying conclusion' that would go forward - more like a bottle
cap to close an already-existing chain of events, and explains everything.
So the viewer gets (extremely unsatisfying) answers to all the mystery questions, and that's about it. Nothing revolutionary happens, history, future,
society, etc. doesn't change at all, oppression doesn't end, a good world doesn't emerge.. everything basically remains 'as-is', and all the efforts
seen in the movie are not only futile, but fruitless.
I do like the performances (especially nicotine-craving Brad Pitt's pointful craziness), the time travel idea, the well-executed Predestination
Paradox, and the 'power trip' the viewer gets from proving to the sceptical characters that Bruce Willis' character isn't crazy after all, but
everything is ultimately just too depressing and the end is too chaotic to be satisfying or fun.
I guess I like more escapism from my entertainment, this is more like 'reminding how crazy and horrible this world is' instead of sweet escapism..