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Brazil [Blu-ray] 
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Acclaimed story of an unambitious civil servant who escapes the harsh realities of a totalitarian future with frequent daydreams. Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro star with Michael Palin and Bob Hoskins in this chilling black comedy directed by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam.
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A concrete manifestation of a nightmare and also a giant metaphor of totalitarism hidden behind a capitalistic system based on consumerism and corporation.
But, apart from that, Brazil is not just a sociological film, but an intimate, absurd and compelling tale of a man's solitude, whose surreal and dreamy (or nightmarish) parts are maybe the best, not only visually, but also dramatically. The supporting role of De Niro is surprising and darkly ironic.
It is quite excessive and heavy, so not enjoyable on any occasion, but such a personal and visually beautiful film.
The blu ray is excellent, exposing the complex and rich visual quality of the film
Jonathan Pryce plays Sam Lowry, a Ministry of Information employee. His job is soul-crushing, and he relieves the tedium with daydreams about himslf as a winged hero who saves a beautiful woman from a masked monster. These fantasies are the film's most fascinating element; they incorporate details from Sam's everyday life and create wonderful images, like a brickwork creature with the face of Sam's boss. When he sees a rebel (Kim Griest) who's the spit of the woman from his dreams he's inspired to find her and take on their repressive government.
Brazil is a satire of beauracracy. Everything in director Terry Gilliam's world, even human life, is controlled by machines and paperwork. Early on we see an innocent working-class family torn apart when their father is accused of terrorism. This turns out to be an error though it's not spotted soon enough to reverse the damage, and the government cares more about assigning blame anyway. Gilliam presents this dystopia beautifully. I loved all the weird machines which are meant to help but only hinder, like a breakfast maker that isn't as useful as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's.
Brazil's major flaw is its scattershot narrative. The plot doesn't flow so much as lurch from one point to another, leaving behind characters who seem like they should be around more. Robert De Niro and Kim Griest, for instance, are underused. I'd have liked to know more about Griest's rebel, who has few lines which don't simply push the plot forward. That said, her counterpart in Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith's lover Julia, is presented much the same way.
Ultimately, Brazil is a film of imagery and performance rather than plot. Gilliam evokes a world which is fun to explore and his satire's dead on. The ending is perfect; you'll rarely see a bleaker use of misdirection.
It's like Orwell's 1984 on steroids - and more! The fantastic props and sets are utilised magnificently-well by skilled direction and attention to detail.
But, unlike many of today's films, it's not just about the special effects. The acting's also spot-on with many comic moments, including Robert De Niro's hilarious SAS-style air-conditioning engineer.
Terry Gilliam's dark and grimly comic Kafkaesque nightmare about a simple uncomplicated man caught up in something beyond his abilities, is a visual and thought provoking feast of dazzling images and ideas. Peppered with splendid performances from Bob Hoskins, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin, Ian Holm and of course Jonathan Pryce as Lowry, Brazil is a thumping tour de force of intelligent but extremely funny film making from a man seemingly blessed, because Brazil almost never saw the light of day. As you would expect from an ex Python the humour is often cruel and subversive but still beautifully observed.
Copied endlessly, a little like Blade Runner, Brazil is original and innovative film making from a man who probably peaked too early in his career.
A Career defining film.
It is arguably said that Criterion makes the best restorations (especially in HD) but this one is not a bad at all.
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