I am… less frightened of this than I expected to be.
Which is odd, because I respected the original 12 Monkeys enough that normally I’d be upset that they were going to go and do the exact opposite from the original while using the same name*. Possibly it’s because I respected 12 Monkeys without liking it very much: it’s a good flick, but not a happy one.
Background: there’s a macaque monkey loose in Tampa Bay. It’s been there for years, and generally speaking, the populace is perfectly fine with that. The government is not, but it has not successfully captured the beast, apparently because it is chasing a super-genius macaque monkey which is also being pretty much aided and abetted by the human citizenry. This will keep happening until the monkey either flips out and actually attacks people, or it dies of old age. The end.
But in the hands of the NYT, we get a parable about compromise. Although, to be fair: you can see where that part was grafted on. So I blame the editor, not the author.
…not one of their best CGI results, but there’s at least one good photoshopped image in there.
Via Buzzfeed: interestingly, the original story about the Taliban supposedly training monkeys to fire guns originates from… the official newspaper for the People’s Republic of China. Why do I have the feeling that the rest of the world is getting somehow sucked into the lingering aftereffects of the last Chinese civil war?
Mostly because somebody out there has a job that lets them go to Caribbean islands to film drunken monkeys. That lucky so-and-so probably even had a budget. Why was I not told by my high school guidance counselor that jobs like this existed? It would have given me something to aim for.