12  Monkeys

Cinema Arts Centre Huntington, NY


Dr. Helio Takai

Particle and Nuclear Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Researcher at CERN

12 Monkeys— The Possibility of Time Travel

Dr. Helio Takai took the audience on an entertaining and mind-blowing journey into the possibility of time travel, with dazzling detours through the structure of matter and the mysteries of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fourth Dimension.

Cinema Arts Centre Huntington, NY

Film Synopsis

In a future world, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

In a post-apocalyptic future devastated by disease, convicted criminal James Cole (Bruce Willis) is given the chance to erase his record by traveling back to the past to investigate the origins of a virus that wiped out nearly all of the Earth's population decades earlier. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to the wrong year, he is arrested and hospitalized in a mental institution, where he meets a psychiatrist (Madeline Stowe), who is initially convinced he's insane, and a patient (Brad Pitt) with links to a radical group that may have unleashed the deadly virus. Part psychological thriller, part apocalyptic drama, Terry Gilliam's riveting drama combines intricate storytelling, visual ingenuity, and stellar performances.

About the Speaker

Dr. Helio Takai, born in Brazil, is a particle and nuclear physicist from Brookhaven National Laboratory. Today, he performs his main research at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. He has been a member of CERN’s ATLAS collaboration for over 15 years. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the universe. Besides his intense interest in exploring the forefront of the structure of matter, Dr. Takai is also interested in studying ultra-high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos.