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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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Strangers on a Plane: On Not Answering the Big Question

Strangers on a Plane: On Not Answering the Big Question

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(p.77) 7. Strangers on a Plane: On Not Answering the Big Question
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12 Monkeys
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Susanne Kord

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0007

This chapter looks at the penultimate scene of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, which shows the bird's eye shot of young Cole getting in the car and a close-up of his eyes as they follow a plane. It discusses how the mysterious plane scene seems to have bothered viewers a great deal and kept coming up in interviews with Gilliam. It also mentions a scene in 12 Monkeys that seems to offer a final comment on the free will versus determinism dilemma. The chapter analyses how humanity's survival must be purchased with the coin of human misery stretching far into the post-apocalyptic future, which is a concept that is made to be accepted in 12 Monkeys. It mentions Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods from 2012, in which two dying teenagers respond whether it is acceptable to have a world in which humans are capable of the deliberate slaughter of others.

Keywords:   12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam, free will, determinism, human misery, post-apocalyptic future, The Cabin in the Woods

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