Cassandra Curse, The

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This edit Removes the scenes taking place in 2035 to create doubt about Coles’ mental state.
The scenes taking place in the future are visually very different from the rest of the movie and my first thought was to remove them to make a more coherent overall look and a story less si-fyish. The result yields an interesting narrative regarding Cole’s mental state. It becomes unclear, in the first half of the movie, if he really comes from the future or if he is lying or being delusional about it.
I hope all these changes make the viewer identify more with Dr. Kathryn Railly’s point of view rather than Cole’s. She is the character living in ‘our reality’ after all.
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Song: Nine Inch Nails, Something I can never have. Taken from: Pretty Hate Machine, 1989.
Special Thanks:
I'd like to thank
@TheScribblingMan for being fine with me making an edit we both wanted to do without ever consulting each other. I have to give him credit for one aspect of the narrative of this edit. He suggested using the quotes ''Merry Christmas'' during the dream sequences, foreshadowing the importance of this key scene later in the movie. Thank you for inspiring me with the quality of your work.
@PanteraSteel for providing me with very valuable feedbacks and for taking the time to share them constructively. Thank you for caring for the quality of our work.
@ArtisDead for providing invaluable support and for being a reliable and dedicated member of our community.
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Cuts and Additions:
-Removed opening credits
/Modified the first dream sequence with new opening credits and new song
-Removed the 2035 sequence
-Light trims during mental institution tour (hordes of barbarians, bunny slippers)
-Removed a minor character for bad acting when Railly learns Cole escaped
-Removed scanner room during failed escape
-Removed the dream sequence where the bad guy is played by Pitt instead of Morse
-Removed the 2035 sequence
/Placed the WW1 sequence later
-Light trims to the conversation on the way to Philly
-Light trims while Cole escapes from Goines dinner
-Light trim to the scene when Railly realizes Cole was right about the boy in the well
-Removed the 2035 sequence
/Inserted WW1 sequence here with cuts and trims, followed by Railly finding a picture of Cole taken during WW1
-Removed the 2035 sequence
-Light trim to phone scene between Railly and Dr. Goines
-Trimmed the shady hotel clerk and added him back during Railly-Cole conversation
-Light trims to the escape from the shady hotel scene
-Removed Cole and Railly trying to hide while being filmed and displayed on tv wall
-Light trim to the shopping scene and also removed Cole’s flashback of this place
-Removed Jeffrey telling his father he is not insane during kidnapping scene
-Removed a sleeping guy from the movie theater
-Light trim to taxi driver speech
-Removed the scared guy from the airport toilet scene
-Trimmed conversation between Cole and Jose and removed other guy from the future
-Trimmed out the actor playing young Cole while looking at the camera
-Trimmed the scene with TSO cluelessly looking at the virus
-Cut Railly being rude to other airport employee
+Inserted the new song
-Removed the scene inside the airplane

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As with Daedal's edit of Jackie Brown, I find myself fully in agreement with the concept of the edit, but not really vibing with the tone it ends up with. I will say that I think this makes a good alternative way to rewatch 12 Monkeys, and it's really just two big points that hold me back from loving this edit.

So firstly, I'll again compliment Daedal's technical skills on both the visual cuts and the music and sound replacement. All very well done. From a technical standpoint, the only thing to give away that this is a fanedit is that the on-screen credits look very cheesy and kind of reminiscent of '80s video camera effects. The central point of the edit, to remove the scenes taking place in the future, is executed very well and I think lends better intrigue to the film.

The big problems I have with the film are the opening and ending. This could be something that is culturally or linguistically relevant, as of course people from different places respond to the tones in films differently. (I have seen Daedal write that they are not a native English speaker.) To me, the use of the Nine Inch Nails song simply does not fit the atmosphere of the scene, or the film. Perhaps it's because I'm so familiar with the song and bring in my own baggage, but when combined with the close-ups and slow motion of the beginning and ending, it all just comes across as impossibly melo-dramatic to me, almost laugh-inducing. It's the opposite of the reaction you want at those moments. They should feel mind-blowing, not like a Mexican telenovella.

Besides the music replacement, I also think that the opening reveals too much and is too obvious. This contradicts the point of the edit, to add more intrigue and doubt about James and whether he's crazy and what will happen in the future. The opening could work, but it needs more cutting down, less revealing shots of Bruce Willis, and honestly, less long slow motion shots all around. It's also a mistake to cut in the scene of James in the trenches halfway through the film. There's no reason for it to be there: it plays currently as if Dr. Railly is somehow having a dream and seeing what happened to James. Despite us basically thinking James is not crazy at this point, there's still no narrative reason to see this footage here, and it's also not needed: Railly still remembers where she's seen James before and finds the photo with him in it later. No war footage needed.

Overall, this edit mostly works very well and would still be a cool way to watch the film for the first time, if you could show it to someone that way. The beginning and ending feel really on-the-nose in a way that doesn't jibe with the rest of the film for me, but maybe that's subjective. I do think the edit could connect better with someone who has different sensibilities, and maybe this is just a personal thing.

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