Time & Hyperreality in Twelve Monkeys

Antigone Bowden

Abstract


This paper examines the way time travel in Terry Gilliam’s film Twelve Monkeys demonstrates Jean Baudrillard’s science fiction theories, specifically in terms of hyperreality. The characters’ constant rehallucination of the past throughout Twelve Monkeys suggests that time functions nonlinearly. The characters’ attempt to assign time a linear narrative, in spite of its nonlinear nature, results in the dissolution of meaning in which the past functions as a self-fulfilling prophecy of the future.

 

 


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