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    12 Monkeys

    I just finished watching this movie again, and I gotta say its one of my favorite movies. The plot, the uncertainty of the whole thing....i love it. Anyways, there's always one small confusing thing to me about the whole movie. At the end of the film, when the scientist guy with the virus gets on the plane and meets the lady, who says she's in insurance, it turns out to be the same lady that's a scientist in the future, where they're sending Cole back and forth. This confuses me because I'm not sure if they're trying to point out that she was involved in the spreading of the virus, or she somehow has something to do with it. Can anyone explain this to me?

    I love weird movies like this 12 monkeys. Has anyone seen "the Game" with Michael Douglas? I love that movie too....anyways, if anyone has some weird movies similar to these or an answer to my question, please share. Maybe we can get a list of cool weird movies goin on here.

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    I went on a search for the answer to my question and found this at this site

    Does the Insurance lady know she's sitting next to the apocalyptic nut?

    Most likely. For one thing, you can really see the look of distaste on her face. Also, she probably said she was "in insurance" as a pun; most people in the newsgroups think she was there as insurance against James' failing to collect a pure sample of the virus.

    Here is some more detail from Eric M. Bram (gradivus@dreamscape.com):

    About the woman on the plane at the end -- the "insurance" comment probably didn't refer to "in case Cole fails," but in the larger sense of insurance for the future to overcome the plague. The future scientists probably only learned for sure who the carrier was after seeing what happened to Cole (whom he was chasing when he died), and must have arranged her visit afterward.

    Also, I believe that she succeeded in her task by stealing one or two of the virus cannisters from the uniplaguer's carry-on luggage during the flight. My evidence is that the list of places the uniplaguer was planning to visit during the 1-week virus incubation period (as listed by the airline ticket agent) was about 2 cities longer than the list of "places the plague broke out" memorized by Cole.

    If anyone else is interested about the odd events and has questions, I suggest checking out that site. It has some great answers to all types of questions!

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    Here's a list of movies that Ive found that seem to be in a similar category with 12 monkeys.
    -The Game
    -The Butterfly Effect
    -The Fifth Element
    -Unbreakable
    -Seven
    -Darkcity(Ive never seen it all, just bits and pieces)
    -Gattaca
    -Donnie Darko (amazon.com recommends it, but Ive never seen it)
    -Fight Club
    -The sixth sense
    -Minority Report
    -A.I ( I only liked some parts of this movie, it was waaaaaay too long.)
    -Mad Max Trilogy
    -28 days later
    -Mary Shelley's Frankenstein( I love this movie!)
    -The Matrix
    -Akira
    -Contact
    -Vanilla Sky( Ive never seen it, but its mentioned on Amazon. Does anyone recommend this movie?)
    -When Dreams may come

    These are just some of the movies Ive seen, and now looking at my dvd list, I have to get like just about all of them. does anyone else have any other movies they'd like to add to the list, or comment about?

    Not just movies either, but what about books. I'd like to read some good sci-fi books somehow related to the genre of movies I mentioned above. Helium Macaroni suggested 1984, and ive only read about 5 pages for an assignment once, so I think I'm going to get that.

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    I've seen Vanilla Sky. Uhmmm, how to define it... first I haven't like it. It's confuse, to say the less. If you want to see it, go with the original, not this remake
    See Darkcity! It's worth it! Donnie Darko too... DD has a really atmosphere
    If you like those kind of strange atmosphere, try to watch Shadow of The Vampire. Really great film Pi too can fall in this category I think.

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    "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" has some 12 monkeys and Matrix elements! (*)

    (*) Not to be taken too seriously.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096928/board/nest/2294936

    Edit:
    More serious ... I think the game Dreamweb had such elements.
    Would have been great as a movie IMO.

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    Not sure if you've seen Ghost in the Shell. Both the movie (1st one, haven't get the chance to see the 2nd one) and comics are great. I heard the TV series also rocks.

    Serial Experiments Lain is a anime series that is damn weird and deals with alternate realities (the wired world and the real world). It can be slow but is very memorable.

    For super uber-weirdness, watch David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. That movie drive me nuts

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    you should see Donnie Darko i.was.ink

    I don't care at all of The Game, if any of that was believable I would have killed my brother without hesitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwo
    I don't care at all of The Game, if any of that was believable I would have killed my brother without hesitation.
    lol

    I'll see donnie darko. thx for the suggestions people. Keep em coming!

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    Hahah.

    I like 12 Monkeys also but, I hate to break it to you but,...The story truly makes no sense. HAhhahahah.

    Let the Debate begin!

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    Wow you are the First..I have EVER encountered.

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    i'ma watch it again, but i didnt think it made any sense either. but it was damned sexy

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    i.was.ink, when you want to see Vanilly Sky you also have to see Open your eyes - which is the Spanish (?) original by Alejandro Amenábar. Funny thing is that both movies are with Penelope Cruz in the main female role.

    IMO Tom Cruise at his best! (I'm usually *not* a fan of him!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOSHUATHEJAMES
    Hahah.

    I like 12 Monkeys also but, I hate to break it to you but,...The story truly makes no sense. HAhhahahah.

    Let the Debate begin!

    -Joshua
    What are you talking about Joshua? The movie does seem really strange and weird, but once you rewatch it and look at this site everything is explained to you.
    And if you still dont get it and want an in depth explanation of everything( I tried reading some of it, but its just tooooo long, the faq answered all my questions I had) go here

    beat that JOSHUA!

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    I seen the movie many many many times...and everytime it doesn't make anysense..heheh. Watch it again bud.

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    Just cuz YOU dont get it, doesnt mean I dont!

    I understand it juuuuust fine.

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    vanilla sky is good, sad too though but hey it has tom cruise and penelope cruz lol, its really good tho, got a tear in me eye in it.

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    Interesting that no one has mentioned Powder.

    Or Jacob's Ladder <-- that one will mess with your head.

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    I had totally forgotten about powder. Great movie.

    Ive never seen Jacob's latter.

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    if you want more movies that mess with your head, that new one village does, also u should watch donnie darko and vanilla sky like people suggested, good twists.

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    If you like 12 Monkeys you've got to se Brazil.
    Thats Terry Gilliam at his best!

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    I've been looking for Donnie Darko locally, but no one seems to know about it

    Brazil is a definate *must see*. Haven't seen Vanilla Sky yet

    If you watch Jacob's Ladder, make sure it's early in the day. You need time to reground yourself. I saw it when I was much younger and it screwed me up for days afterward.


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    See waking life....

    This movie will mess with your head, I like Donnie Darko allso. Im a big Night Shymalan fan, and was pretty impressed with "The village" It may not be scary, but the atmosphere in the movie makes up for it.

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    I like most of those movies on your list, and own quite a few I like them so much. Rented Vanilla Sky and I liked it but I'm into that subject(I won't spoil it!) Funny thing is though, with the story's nature, we had a smudge on the dvd that caused it to jump back to the beginning and didn't have any idea until about thirty minutes to an hour of watching it over. Besides that little snafu I liked it quite a bit. Love most of those movies you listed, never did see Donnie Darko though. Passed it over a few times but just never rented it yet.
    One of my favorites that wasn't on you list, but skirts the topics is "The Cell," which I know lacks plot oftimes, but the visuals are just too cool to pass up. "Unbreakable," by far is my favorite on that list though. Still gives me chills everytime I watch it.

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    Hands down Brazil takes it, I remember seeing it my second year film program, I was in complete awe.

    The game really worked for me, for some they just couldn't swallow how far it went, Douglas is what made that film work. Penn did a great job as well.

    I am a Bruce W fan to begin with, the movie was fantastic, I think everyone who saw Pitt's performance was more than suprised (you can see a little bit of Tyler Durden in that performance)

    12 Monkeys really missed the mark for me, not in terms of plot or style just in suspense and tension, it was a great film though with incredible cinematography.

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    Was one weird flick, made me think, most new movies do not. Worst part is these end of the world movies now hint of a possible end that is feasible now. & less Sci-fi.

    Gatacca and V. Sky were also surreal and I did not like Seven much but got the hots for Gwyneth so watched it anyways.

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    Memento is a great weird movie that is hard to make sense out of def. worth a watch if you've never seen it. Donnie Darko is also very cool. Oh and the anime Perfect Blue, (this is not your typical anime) that movie will mess you up good. I still have no idea what actually happens in Perfect Blue but its cool nonetheless.

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    - Ghost in the Shell Innocence... I just saw it last night and it blew my mind.

    - Spy Game (had some great twists and whatnot)
    - Princess Mononoke in terms of a crazy cool big-picture-message.
    - Snow Crash (book) a must read for all sci-fi fans! Bearing in mind that it was written in the years between 1989 and 1992.
    - Pi
    - The Cube
    - The Usual Suspects
    - L.A. Confidential
    - The Little Mermaid Yeah! You know how Prince Eric doesn't know it's not really Arial and he's about to marry her and!... Okay scratch that one.
    - Secret of Nihm (has nothing to do with plot twists or anything, just a great animation )
    - Blade Runner
    - Me in a speedo, I mean...!! Uuhhh... shit... I'm leaving now

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    The Game is real good and so is donnie darko. i like them alot.

    one i like is "Pi" (the math equasion) the director is darin arkofskie or something like that, its a great movie. havent seen all of this but "Waking Life". hmmn?????? what else "akira" haha what a classic id be surprised if someone hasnt seen it. thats all i can think of now if i think of anymore ill let yall know.

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    I can recomment the "fallen" w/ denzel washington as well.

    all the above mentioned movies are great

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