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Susanne Kord

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781999334000

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.001.0001

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On Mis/Perceptions of Reality

On Mis/Perceptions of Reality

(p.29) 4. On Mis/Perceptions of Reality
12 Monkeys

Susanne Kord

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explains how Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys went to astonishing lengths to denounce science or humanity's unwavering belief that science and technology will cure all ills. It describes technology and science that were persistently discredited in the film, such as the scientists' time travel mechanism that twice hurls Cole into the wrong time. It also talks about psychiatry as another science of strict distinctions that is debunked by Railly as an inconsistent thought system with no closer link to reality than any 'religion' or 'faith'. The chapter describes the 1990s-set scenes in 12 Monkeys, in which monkeys appear repeatedly on TVs in various scenes, gnawing on their bars, suffering in cruel experiments, or being lowered on strings. It points out intriguing paradoxes of 12 Monkeys, such as the film's fictional worlds, from mythology and art to TV cartoons and commercials.

Keywords:   12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam, cure, time travel, psychiatry, religion, faith, paradoxes, monkeys

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