Watch: Rihanna's 'Russian Roulette' music video evokes '12 Monkeys'
Plus: 'Making of' footage of the clip that permiered on 20/20
That message is lost in the video that looks like something out of “12 Monkeys.” Rihanna, clad in the funkiest jailhouse outfit we’ve ever seen: designer revealing mini with a hoodie and high heels, leans up against a wall—we know she’s in anguish by her messily coiffed hair. Her tattooed love boy pushes a gun (remember, it a metaphor for love) towards her. She takes it and transported back to the olive green, sterile prison, which then seems to turn into a gas chamber as red plumes pour in. But wait! Somehow, Rihanna has broken free and managed to change into a tan, clinging, long-sleeved mini as she walks down a street. Then she’s under water performing some form of water ballet when she is shot in the heart—but keeps on swimming. Unlike the song, the video ends before the final gunshot, so it seems to end abruptly with Rihanna, out of the water, and back on dry land, distraught but very much alive.
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