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on 24 July 2017
One of the many Terry Gilliam films that is residing in obscurity, and despite being a fan of the man this left me wondering if he should perhaps take his foot off the gas and let someone else produce his ideas.
Although the film has high production standards (mostly) and is an interesting idea, it just didn't grab my attention and hold it. Luc Besson does this kind of Sci-fi very well and that's who I thought of most of the way through.
My verdict; I wouldn't rush out to buy it unless you're looking for completeness in your TGilliam collection.
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on 29 March 2017
Christoph Waltz is just a magical actor and, working with a mind-storm of a direct such a Terry Gilliam it is bound to be both visually stimulating and logically demanding. I just loved it.
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on 15 September 2017
Delivery and condition of goods excellent. Film not good.
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on 6 September 2015
Not the best Gilliam but it is always welcome when he comes back to Brazil and 12 Monkeys atmosphere, where he can liberate all his visionary talent and dark, cinical yet poetical vision of man and world.
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
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 January 2015
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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on 13 May 2015
I enjoyed the atmosphere more than the plot, which I found... Gilliamesque, I suppose, so to be expected, really!
I would recommend this to Gilliam fans, but not to someone who needs a clear, precise, happy ending, or who doesn't like to see tortured souls torturing (and occasionally helping) each other.
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on 23 December 2014
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 August 2014
Incisive dialogue, penetrating all round soundtrack and bewildering visuals. Welcome to your mind. Go here if you dare. Be prepared to face your answers. They will be obliterated. Nothing is real.

This is movie plus. I witnessed on projection screen and speakers. Ideal dystopia. Made for the few in us all. Nothing personal. The world is made around each and every body. Mr Gilliam directs with panache and the viewer connects. Keeps connecting by design. The delusion of enlightenment. The Zero Theorem uses phobias as tools. Wipes the floor with beliefs. And reaches The End.
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on 6 December 2014
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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on 12 March 2014
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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