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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:
Melanie Thierry, Christoph Waltz
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 Melanie Thierry, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, David Thewlis
Director Terry Gilliam
Genres Drama, Science Fiction
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish
Subtitles Finnish, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, Hindi
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Melanie Thierry, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, David Thewlis
Director Terry Gilliam
Genres Drama, Science Fiction
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish
Subtitles Finnish, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, Hindi
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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22 of 26 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 Jeff on 7 Sep 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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Format: Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By indielense on 27 July 2014
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another great film from Terry , who should continue to make these kind of films . just wish he could have another 12 monkeys to get more finance fro great film gems like this .
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Format: DVD
Watching this reminded me of how good the scenary in Blade Runner was, as here the effects at times are poor or meant to be poor i.e. rundown estates in a street in Romania with graphics added. The ideas were like William Burroughs cut-up and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. The star was Melanie Thierry making everyday sex appeal look flawless, she was stunning. At times I wanted all the story inside the church as a minimalist play, however the virtual sex/love scenes were fantastic. This review feels like the movie, ideas everywhere and nowhere chaotic and calm. The best things make no sense, especially as the meaning of life is unknown, we will die and then what...so glad these questions are asked and answered in this way: existence before essence.
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By It Stinks on 10 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
In the extras the author admits that changes were made to the story that they said they really liked, I don't know his story but I know that Gilliam sometimes can't leave things well enough alone and wants to keep piling stuff on.
The trouble is that at times it hits a point when I just get fed up with the attempts at organised chaos on the screen and give up on the film.
Still love Brazil, didn't care for 12 Monkeys or this.
Christoph Waltz looking like a young Uncle Fester just distracts.
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By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 29 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Quohen is an eccentric computer genius living alone in an abandoned church and given the task of discovering the meaning of life by his boss, the mysterious management. Director Terry Gilliam's latest is a very strange, visually spectacular scifi fantasy film with an excellent performance from Christoph Waltz as Quohen. Not quite one of Gilliam's best films but is ambitious and probably for Gilliam or perhaps Christoph Waltz fans only.
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9 of 12 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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