The SciFi Squad Movie Club is a new weekly feature where we movie nerds pick a film, watch it and then discuss it. Your weekend assignment was to watch Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys. (Still haven't seen it? I recommend streaming it on Netflix Watch Instantly.) Check out my breakdown of the film's plot, and read on for my initial thoughts after viewing it for the first time in several years.
Wow. I don't remember 12 Monkeys being that long, slow-paced, and stuffed with so many mind-boggling scenes. OK, maybe I remember the mind-boggling scenes, but I don't remember the film bringing up so many questions the first time I watched it back in 1996. I guess I had a different perspective then. I was 17, and I found the flick to be a captivating, fun and soulful ride. I still find it captivating and soulful, but I certainly wouldn't call 12 Monkeys a fun movie. There are fun moments, of course (the pimp scene and Frank Gorshin's lip-smacking come to mind), but the movie plays like a sad, muddled and intriguing mess.
But it's a sad muddled and intriguing mess worth watching over and over again. I'm sure I won't be able to address all of the movie's fascinating little details or ponder every question brought up in its two-hour plus running time, so I'm looking to you guys to do that in the comments section.
Now on to the discussion (spoilers below).