The Zero Theorem 2014

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From visionary director Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award®winner* Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious...

Starring:
Christoph Waltz,Mélanie Thierry
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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The Zero Theorem

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Terry Gilliam
Starring Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry
Supporting actors David Thewlis
Studio Amplify
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 6 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Directed by the always unique Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem is a strange mess of ideas which added up to an entertaining slice of the bizarre, if you like this kind of thing (I do).

The plot, for what it's worth, finds Christoph Waltz playing Quohen, a socially awkward computer genius in a cluttered neon future. He is tasked by the "management" of his current employment to solve the zero theorem and effectively prove the meaning or meaninglessness of life (or something like that anyway). On his quest he encounters various oddball characters amusingly played by the supporting cast - David Thewlis being a standout for me.

It all looks great as you'd expect from a Gilliam flick - this alt-world is well realised, kind of similar in tone and style to one of Gilliams best films, Brazil. Waltz is excellent in the eccentric lead role, he's in basically every scene and carries the load well.

The film is strange though and has so many ideas and questions being thrown around without necessarily having all the answers as it moves towards a head scratching conclusion. It's relatively slow moving as well so it's not going to be to everybody's tastes I would think. I'm a fan of Gilliam though and the journey was entertaining enough to make this worth it. Probably the best film of his since Twelve Monkeys I reckon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 8 Jan. 2015
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This is not your typical SF film and Terry Gilliam is not your typical SF director. If you watch The Zero Theorem with an open mind there is much to enjoy. Gilliam has always excelled in creating his own bizarre dystopian worlds and in this one Christopher Waltz plays Qohen Leth, a troubled recluse living in a converted church but having to work as a computer programmer for Mancom, an authoritarian technology company. The management of the company grants Qohen's request to work at home on the condition that he devotes his time to trying to solve the meaning of life though computational mathematics using Mancom's supercomputer. The film is similar to Gilliam's masterpiece Brazil in that the protagonist escapes his unpalatable surroundings by entering an imagined virtual world, but the tone is lighter with deliberate touches of warmth and humour. If you are an admirer of Gilliam's films you probably have already seen it. If not, I would certainly recommend giving this unique film a go, remembering not to expect any simple answers to the questions posed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B Keeler VINE VOICE on 23 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Was dreading watching this all year after hearing very shaky things about it, and being quite a big Gilliam fan since my childhood.

I'm glad to discover it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be...but still not as great as it could've been. It was almost like Twelve Monkeys with a lower budget, and ailed by similar inflections to my most hated Gilliam film - other than The Brothers Grimm whose existence I just simply ignore - The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. It wasn't very funny, and I'm not sure the Brazil-esque satire was at all needed for something like this. He should've gone full-on campy adventure, or more subtle and toned-down melodrama. He clearly wanted both, and I don't think it works.

Some decent performances from the usual suspects - particularly from Lucas Hedges, who you might recognise as 'Redford' (hilariously on-point character naming there) from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom - but I wished to have seen more fleshed-out parts for Damon, Swinton, Thewlis, and the briefly-featured Bhaskar, Whishaw and Stormare. Waltz was fine in his part, but I'm not sure neurotic suits him so well (Tarantino and Polanski have brought out his best to date).

But yeah, cyberpunk is not cool anymore. I'm not sure it ever was. I always thought somebody should notify the Wachowski's, Skrillex (cringe) and whoever still goes to Burning Man but I didn't think we'd have to tell Gilliam that too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on 7 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
There are a lot of things to praise in this movie: an impressive futuristic setting, some striking visuals and some top notch acting. Particular mention for Melanie Thierry and Tilda Swinton as the shrink. My overriding feeling after watching it was confusion. I found my attention wandering at various points along the way, and I couldn't honestly say I completely understood what was going on throughout. Was a bit divided between moments of being captivated, and moments of indifference. If you're a Terry Gilliam fan you should have no complaints, but I think this is one that will divide opinion!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Richard Chiles on 12 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Gilliam's most Gilliam film since Twelve Monkeys. It's a happy mess, and feels like a modern day Brazil. It starts weird, becomes oddly conventional for the middle third as it finds it's feet, then goes off the rails for the finale. Christoph Waltz is endlessly watchable as the poor sap plugged into a fast-paced modern life, Lucas Hedges holds his own as he channels Brad Pitt from Twelve Monkeys, while David Thewlis seems to be updating Johnny from Naked with a chemically induced love of life in a Gilliam world gone mad.
Strictly for Gilliam devotees, the film feels rushed, disjointed, but so many ideas are thrown at the screen that some do stick with you after. And Melanie Thierry is a revelation. It's no Brazil, however.
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