The Zero Theorem 2013

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A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him

Starring:
Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Zero Theorem

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Mélanie Thierry
Director Terry Gilliam
Genres Drama, Science Fiction
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Mélanie Thierry
Director Terry Gilliam
Genres Drama, Science Fiction
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English

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11 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Robert L Hunt on 27 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I don't normally write film reviews, but I felt compelled to, having watched The Zero Theorem several times already. This film was not shown in most UK cinemas and that, in my opinion, is a shame. It is clear that a great deal of work and imagination has been put into this movie. Amidst the formulaic mega budget superhero films this is a refreshing change.

Terry Gilliam has painted a vision of the future where advertising has taken over and people mostly interact through technology. Their only purpose in life is as consumers and workers.

Qohen lives in a creepy, run down church and sleeps inside the church organ. The outside world is noisy and garish. The contrast between the dark interior of the old church and the fast pace and bright colours of the streets outside are striking. Qohen spends his life working for Mancom and waiting for 'our phone call'.

Great use has been made of the surround-sound in this film, much more so than in previous Terry Gilliam films. In the church there are creepy noises all around and at one point a squeaking creature literally flies around your head, but out of sight.

I must admit that I did find this film slightly heavy going the first time. I had to watch it a second time to decide what to make of it. I enjoyed it more the second time and noticed more details. The same was true of watching it a third time. There is plenty of humour, but some of it is not immediately apparent.

The Zero Theorem is not a new Brazil, however it does have a similarly tragic ending. If you like Brazil, I am quite sure that you will also like this.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 17 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
There's a black hole swirling at the bottom of Qohen Leth's (Christoph Waltz) soul. He's waiting for a phone call from God, explaining the point of it all. Because at the moment it seems like existence is an erroneous quirk in the cosmic standard of nothingness. Everything will return to nothing, so why make something of life? Love, in the form of romance (Melanie Thierry as Bainsley), friendship (David Thewlis), and parenthood (Lucas Hedges) provides Qohen with the answers, but he's too absorbed in his work on the "Zero Theorem" to accept it.

There are elements of David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis in Qohen's philosophical quest, in the oddball characters he meets along the way, and his perennial absence of feeling. And in the Zen imagery of a nude Waltz spiralling through the void, there's a bit of Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. Both of those films were more coherent and emotionally engaging than The Zero Theorem, although Terry Gilliam's film grows on you, once you accept that it's not Brazil Part II. There are definite touches of Gilliam's 1985 masterpiece here, particularly the awkward marrying of archaic and ultra-modern technologies. But don't expect a script of Tom Stoppard wit, swerve, and clarity.

Waltz is a fantastic presence - which is necessary, because most of the story plays out in his home: an echochamber of a converted church, whose baptismal font now serves as a washing up bowl. We see him at work, attempting to order the universe via a 3D game block game, fighting against entropy; against the inevitable demise of conscious matter and with it the question: What does it all mean? The problem is, he's waiting for an answer. The very point is uncertainty, the propulsive force of our species.
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