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Willis is sent back and forth between 2035 and 1996, gathering information that might help the human race get back on top again. But Willis is growing more and more disturbed by the time travel, not knowing what is real and what isn't. Terry Gilliam returns to films, after five years, in good form. Like Brazil, the outlook of the future looks bleak. The movie is full of clever plot twists, Gothic landscapes and truly bizarre characters. Willis gives his best performance I've ever seen. He is nothing like his sarcastic Die Hard character in this one. With this character, his emotions range from sensitive and cunning to brutal and dumb. Stowe is equally impressive. Most filmakers would feel that they should have made her character less important than the lead male characters. This is not so here. She gives a heart-rending performance as the only person in 1996 who believes Willis.
There have been mixed criticisms about Brad Pitt's acting in this one. I'll admit, he goes a little over the top with his psychotic villain, but so did Jack Nicholson in Batman and he came off alright. Pitt does just as good as Nicholson. Gilliam is a fine director, who could almost be in a class by himself. It's a little too early in the year to say that this is the best film of 1996, but it certainly should be placed in the top ten.