In 12 Monkeys (1995), at the end of the movie, Cole is killed by a man in the airport. So did sending Cole into the past for a cure work or not?


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The ending of 12 Monkeys implies heavily that they could not change time. By sending Cole back in time, they completed a circle. It's a predestination paradox.

Cole changed nothing. If anything, he allowed it to happen as history said it happened.

Cole did as best he could given the information and minimal help provided.

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    Yet, I don't think his mission ever was to actually prevent the virus, rather than gather enough information for it be cured in the future. And this mission he might very well have completed.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jun 12, 2016 at 11:38
  • @Napoleon the only information he gave to the future about the virus was the phone call he makes. Which is what they already had, a half damaged voice mail recording. No new information is passed on.
    – cde
    Jun 12, 2016 at 17:52

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