12  Monkeys

Enzian Theater Maitland, FL


James Cooney

Associate Lecturer, Department of Physics, the University of Central Florida

12 Monkeys— Altering the future from the past

Dr. James Cooney discusses the mechanics behind the time travel that takes place within the film 12 Monkeys, including how the science of time travel hypothetically works and what the contingencies would be.

Enzian Theater Maitland, FL

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. James Cooney is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida. He received his PhD in Physics in 2004 from the University of Florida, and studies cosmology and the large-scale structure of the universe. He also co-hosts, with several colleagues at UCF, the popular astronomy podcast Walkabout the Galaxy, where he serves as the resident “expert” in all things cosmological or astrophysical.