Exceptionally well directed and acted time-travel story from director Terry Gilliam where insanity and logic seem to fit each other perfectly. Brad Pitt steals the show as mentally unstable patient but also Bruce Willis do one of his stronger career performances. Madeleine Stowe was here at the height of her beauty and David Morse do an enigmatic role as a ginger nutcase.
Quoting Chris Marker's «La jetée»? I already love you. Even though I'm not a sci-fi enthusiast, I die for very few exceptions. This is one of those: Gilliam dived me deep down into the brilliant narration, keeping my attention always hight all through temporal distortions, capable of engaging and challenging me up to the end. One of Brad Pitt's best performances.
Unexpectedly more mystery than sci-fi, focusing mostly on the mystery behind the virus outbreak rather than on its effects and character. This is neatly supported by the freaky style: a drooling B. Willis, steam-punky setting, weird zooms and oblique shots, this way creating a suppressive, bizarre atmosphere much like BRAZIL does. A very impressive script, of which I regard the climax surprisingly pleasing.
Accordions, frosty post-apocalyptic world, lunatic asylum, greek mythology references, dirty cells - Terry Gilliam balances weird with gloomy, putting up a recipe for a perfect time travel movie. A slow but intense burner. The moody, bleak and desolated atmosphere created with the help of a spot-on soundtrack is utterly immersive. Gilliam's finest hour.
Uno dei migliori viaggi spazio-temporali di sempre, a mani basse. Scritto in modo eccellente e girato con la solita classe che caratterizza il buon Gilliam, peccato solo per la voragine recitativa che separa Bruce Willis, che si conferma più utile come manichino che come attore, da Brad Pitt, che ancora una volta dimostra a tutti di essere molto più di un bel figo da red carpet.
A fine example of 90's thriller, with Gilliam's signature soft-steampunk stylization and a strong cast of contemporary stars. Aside from time-traveling voyage none of the digressions fail to excite, further refining the story, but keeping the whole an action packed adventure.