The Zero Theorem (2013) (what?? it just came out in the UK!)
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Running time: 107 minutes
Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
The Zero Theorem is a 2013 science fiction film that centres on Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz), a reclusive computer genius working on a formula to determine whether life holds meaning. Terry Gilliam has called it the final part of a dystopian satire trilogy or “Orwellian triptych” begun with 1985’s Brazil and continued with 1995’s 12 Monkeys.
I’ll be honest – I’m too stupid for this movie. I’m also taking a bit of a break from reviewing movies but felt I should get this one out there (especially as we have a fun guest review coming tomorrow for another Terry Gilliam movie. In fact, one of the three of the “dystopian satire trilogy” Gilliam named above, of which The Zero Theorem is the final part). As Gilliam films are very artistic & fun to look at (and confusing), this “review” is going to be full of images from the film. Here’s a cool one (not great quality – it was fun seeing the different signs in the film):
First off: Christoph Waltz is in this. I love him. I admit that the hubby kind of had to drag me to this movie but, when I saw that Waltz was the star, he didn’t have to try QUITE so hard to get me into the cinema. I ended up enjoying this movie more than I’d expected to and that was all down to the actors & the look of the film.
As well as Waltz, we have the very sexy French actress Mélanie Thierry. She bares a lot of skin in this and wears outfits like the one below, which should keep a lot of male (and some female) viewers happy. I ended up really liking her character, who ends up being deeper than you first expect her to be.
Then we had the young Lucas Hedges, who I also thought did a great job in this. He, Waltz & Thierry were the highlights of the film. I enjoyed their characters which, to me, is always very important in order for me to like a movie. The typical quirky types of characters you always get from Gilliam were played by David Thewlis in a fairly big supporting role and Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton in smaller but fun roles (especially Swinton’s – I kind of really like that crazy-ass woman. She seems like she’d be a blast to hang out with in real life. And she looks like David Bowie, the coolest person EVER).
So Christoph Waltz is trying to figure out if life has meaning and it’s driving him mad and blah blah quirky characters and yada yada cool science-looking stuff and ooh la la sexy French chick. And what’s with Terry Gilliam & bald heads??
Basically, if you love Terry Gilliam, you’ll be perfectly happy with this film and I’d totally recommend it to you. If you hate him, avoid this. It’s very “him”. I had fun watching it, it gives you some food for thought if you like that sort of thing and, if you don’t, it’s cool to look at. That’s it, really. If you’re looking at this being part of some sort of “trilogy”, it’s the weakest compared to Brazil & 12 Monkeys but it’s been so long since I’ve seen those that I can’t fully comment. Time for a re-watch of both of those, I think…
My Rating: 6.5/10
Great review, Mutant. Honestly, this sounds like something I’d enjoy more than you. I’ll give it a shot at some point.
Thanks! I do recommend it, especially if you’re a Gilliam fan. Or a Waltz fan. I definitely did like it just fine. : )
I am a Gilliam and a Waltz fan. This seems pretty tailor made for me. 🙂
I’m quite surprised I’ve never heard of it.
Hi!!! This sounds like something I’d lik……
What’s this gif?
I….. um….. I….er….
I need some fresh air.
I posted that for you. And Mikey.
#Pervs ; )
You may like this one okay. I liked it well enough. : )
Pity, I had high hopes for this…
Oh, it’s not bad! I just wouldn’t call myself a Gilliam fan. If you are, you’ll like it I’m sure. : ) I did enjoy it.
I don’t mind Gilliam, but like you, I’m a big fan of Waltz. Who knows, maybe I’ll give it a go one day :).
Sounds interesting I want to see this! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I love Waltz too!!
You may like this one, then! Worth checking out if you think it’s your type of thing in the slightest. : ) I know it’s not for everyone…
Yeah it could go both ways I could see that for sure, you just never know. 🙂
Hmm… I think I might give this one a miss. I do love Christoph Waltz, though…
It’s a hard one to know if you should recommend it to people or not! I didn’t regret seeing it but it’s definitely not for everyone. : )
Christoph Waltz is wonderful. Probably won’t see this film though.
He’s great in this, as expected. Love that guy. But, yeah – if you think this isn’t your type of thing, you’re probably right. It’s not for everyone but I had fun with it. : )
Why have I heard, like, nothing about this film? It just came out last year? Hmm. Well, sounds interesting enough…but I might just skip it. 😉 Nice job though, lady!
Thanks! I dunno… I think poor Terry Gilliam always has trouble getting his films released. I mean, it says 2013 but it only came out in the UK a few weeks ago – I saw it in the cinema. I did like it but… Not everyone will for sure! It’s typical Gilliam. : )
Why am I only seeing this now?! That gif is certainly hypnotic. I like it very much 🙂
You’re still sitting there & staring at it, aren’t you… ; )
Yep, I can pretty much agree with everything you’ve said here. I know I read this, it’s how it ended up on my watch list forever and six days ago!
It’s weird – we got this one soooo far ahead of everywhere else. (But I’d rather have had Snowpiercer, dammit!!! Lol. I’ll be bitching about this FOREVER…) 😉
Yeah, but they really, really have to get over that crap with you guys and Snowpiercer. I am so scared that by the time you actually get it you will hate it ;(
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