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She is "insurance" that the virus will successfully be spread around the world. The key is that the scientists were never interested in stopping the virus in 1995. As Cole says early on, "I just have to locate the virus in its original form before it mutates. So scientists can come back and study it and find a cure. So that those of us who survived can ...


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Cole's assignment was not to stop the virus, but to locate the source. The insurance person I believe was sent to get a sample. The virus will spread, because it already has. The goal to the time travelers was to figure out (in the future) how to combat the virus. Edit: Here is my take on how time travel works (IMHO); Anything that is known in the future ...


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Interestingly Gilliam did not write the screenplay for 12 Monkeys, it is a rare example of a Gilliam movie that he did not start but was brought on-board after the rights had been picked up by the studio and a screenplay had been written by David and Janet Peoples. That said, La jetée is 28 minutes long. I imagine that the writers could not sustain the ...


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It is more of a wry, fatalistic, and sad smile, as when she sees young Cole at the Airport, she finally puts all the pieces together from what Cole had told her. In the theater, Cole falls asleep and remembers/dreams seeing her running in the Airport. He wakes panicked, to find her gone. He runs into the lobby to see her as a blonde, just as she was in ...


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Introduction to Twelve Monkeys from the Programme Notes: And, his stark look was further enhanced by his makeup artist, Cristina Bartolucci, who, everyday, etched a trio of tattoos onto Willis' scalp and neck - one that indicated his prisoner number, and a pair of bar-codes, the kind imprinted on packaged goods, on each side of his neck. This is also ...


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Caveat: Looking for logic in time-travel movies is an exercise in recursive futility. The idea in 12 Monkeys is that the past is, in many ways, read only. You can go back and "read" all you want, but you won't be able to "write" anything that will (meaningfully) change the timeline. Alternatively, you can attempt to change an event, but since the timeline ...


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I actually always saw this as coincidence with her being the "original past version" of this woman, who's unaware of her future. Whereas your interpretation makes much more sense I have a major problem with it: causality! They cannot stop the outspread of the virus because this would prevent Bruce Willis' and her future actions and therefore the whole movie ...


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Yes, just in-case they couldn't stop him in the airport, she is the backup...insurance. At least that's how I interpreted it.


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It is clearly stated in the movie that Jeffrey Goines was not part of the Virus plot. The sole culprit involved with the Virus plot was Dr. Peters (played by David Morse). If you watch the film again you might note that Dr. Peters has an apocalyptic view of things and when he gets Kathryn Railly to sign her book he makes a comment that causes her to ...


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The caricature of insurance people is that they are like leeches -- that they make their living off of people's fear. Mortality rates and actuarials are not appealing topics. Their paradox is that without tragedy, insurance wouldn't be a viable business. This conception has existed for years -- well before the bad behavior and negative publicity insurance ...


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It would seem logical to me that any form of time travel would imply spacial travel as well. The earth is constantly rotating on its axis and orbiting the sun. If you traveled through time but not space (i.e. ended up in the same exact point in space) then you might end up in the vacuum of space, or even the interior of the earth. That being said, if the ...


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You should probably be knowing that the movie itself is inspired from La jetée. If you have seen La jetée, you'd obviously notice that the movie is just a series of still frames with a narrator in the background. There is a scene in Twelve monkeys where Railly narrates a slide show about a insane soldier in World War I. And when Railly and Bruce Willis ...


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The scientists use Jose to force Cole into trying to kill the virus-spreader because they needed to learn the virus-spreader's identity. Remember, the scientists knew Cole was at the airport because Cole had left a voicemail from there. But in the voicemail, while Cole said the Army of the 12 Monkeys did not spread the virus, he didn't say who the real ...


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Jeffrey simply is not involved in the virus outbreak. But because of the spread of Army of 12 Monkey's messages, and their promise to cause some chaos, the virus outbreak [possibly the reason] is linked to them. It was in fact, the lab scientist who propagated the virus to every corner of the world. In 12 Monkeys, James is introduced to Jeffrey in the ...


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It's been a while since i've seen it, but I'm pretty sure the scientists from the future did not know Dr. Peters was carrying the virus. As explained on the movie FAQ at IMDB.com: It is strongly implied that the scientists from the future planned Cole's death because he refused to return to his own time, and they could not allow him to disturb the past ...


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This character is referred to as Louie/Rasping Voice on IMDb, and feelings are mixed on the interpretation of the character. In the feedback section of the movie's IMDb page, there is a lot of discussion over the idea that Louie is a fellow time 'volunteer', who has extracted his own teeth to avoid being tracked. However, other sites, including this one, ...


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The scientists exploited Cole. It was essential that Cole die at the airport as it provided the memory of his older self being shot, which the Scientists manipulated for his mission, as the memory was recurrent as a dream that continued to develop providing him new investigative paths or possibilities as well as drawing him closer to Dr. Raily, a ...


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After pondering this question obsessively, I agree with the conclusion that the other respondents find obvious: Jeffrey was not involved in the virus plot. However, my conclusion is based on two pieces of evidence not yet mentioned. First is a seemingly throw-away line uttered by one of Jeffrey's henchmen in the pivotal scene where Leland Goines has been ...


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There are two approaches to time travel science fiction: That time is ONE fabric and continuous. Which makes it sort of a physics law that the past cannot be changed. Time is something like a dimension. Which means that there can be alternate realities, parallel realities, well take your pick. In 12 Monkeys, no matter what the actions are, the ...


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From what I gathered: Our protagonist was unable to change the past because it was part of his present. He could have changed everything had he been told by someone else sent to him. This person would have to have gone to a timeline where the same big event ocurs, found out the truth and then go back to our progagonists timeline to let him know The people ...



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