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The Zero Theorem [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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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 project personally delegated to him by Management aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the lack thereof - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn's able to understand his own reason for being.
*2009 Best Supporting Actor (Inglourious Basterds)
*2012 Best Supporting Actor (Django Unchained)
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features:
- The Zero Theorem: Behind the Scenes featurette
- The Visual Effects of Crunching Entities
- The Zero Theorem Sets
- The Zero Theorem Costumes
- An Interview with Sanjeev Bhaskar
- An Interview with Emil Hostina
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
- The Rats featurette
- Location Breakdown: Qohen’s Chapel
- Location Breakdown: City Streets
- Location Breakdown: Mancom
- Location Breakdown: Mancom Mainframe
- Location Breakdown: Virtual Beach
- Location Breakdown: The Park
- London Film Festival Q&A with Terry Gilliam
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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.
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.
Waltz is so good ay playing the good man yet victim of himself and an uncomprehensible society, and some scenes are really impressive. However, the film is not so consistent and enlightening in my opinion, resulting a little to unresolved and confused.
The blu ray quality is really good
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reminded me of Brazil in some ways, but probably won't watch it again.Published 23 days ago by Charlotte Grelotte
LOVED THIS FILM, PRETTY BIZARRE AND HAD A DEFINITE PINCH OF PYTHON ABOUT IT!Published 29 days ago by Rosamund G.
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Terry Gilliam is one of the most inventive, visual directors around and this feels like a modern update on Brazil, focusses on his themes of reality versus fantasy and deciding... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kitty Fire
Um, really not sure what to say about this movie, it's kind of "Brazil'ish", Terry Gilliam at his strangest I think?!Published 4 months ago by Bex