The Zero Theorem 2014 R CC

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In the near future, a computer hacker (Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained) is given a seemingly impossible mission by a shadowy, all-powerful corporation. From visionary director Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Brazil).

Starring:
Christoph Waltz, Gwendoline Christie
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

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The Zero Theorem

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Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Drama
Director Terry Gilliam
Starring Christoph Waltz, Gwendoline Christie
Supporting actors Rupert Friend, Ray Cooper, Lily Cole, David Thewlis, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Peter Stormare, Ben Whishaw, Mélanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Lucas Hedges, Margarita Doyle, Tilda Swinton, Emil Hostina, Pavlic Nemes, Dana Rogoz, Rudy Rosenfeld, Dan Astileanu, Gabriel Rauta
Studio Amplify
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

He bore through bad movies before, but never one where stopped watching and wanted a refund.
Raquel S.
He works feverishly at something he doesn't care about, he eats food only as sustenance and not for taste (tap water and oatmeal), and he has no human relations.
Dan Harlow
Wonderful visuals and some interesting characters, but not much in the way of plot or exploration of the interesting ideas raised.
D. A. Nelson

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By D. Holmes on August 21, 2014
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In an overpopulated, ultra-technological future, there is an isolated and idiosyncratic computer virtuoso who refers to himself in the plural ("We are dying," he sadly intones) and awaits a telephone call he believes will reveal the purpose of his existence. Employed by a vast corporation, he receives an absurd, complicated, and perhaps dangerous assignment: prove zero equals one-hundred percent, which is to say prove the universe, despite its complexity, has no overarching purpose. Part of his troubled mind rebels against the idea, devoid as it is of design and hope, even as he hides in his home--an old, burned, cobweb-and-shadow-enshrouded church--and devotes his days and nights to proving it. The Zero Theorem is latest feature by visionary director Terry Gilliam, whose many legendary films include Time Bandits, Brazil, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

This plays as a companion piece to Brazil in particular: a more intimate, but still very amusing and highly thoughtful continuation of the 1985 film's anxious themes (a flawed, but hopeful man against an overbearing and soul-crushing surveillance state) and elaborate humans-in-a-pinball-machine set pieces, complete with vivid pop-art colors and acrobatic camera movements. Gilliam proves he still has the X factor which has always set him apart (as a stylist, as a social critic, as a comic, as a cinematic madman). He has an invaluable partner here in star Christoph Waltz, who has become one of the most unusual and riveting actors on the A list after dual Academy Awards for performances in Quentin Tarantino films. Bald, curved, neurotic, retreating from others, and racing to and fro in his environments as if even his bed were an inhospitable place, Waltz vanishes headlong into his role, creating a character peculiar beyond compare, yet easy to champion as he searches the expansive void for elusive answers which may not even exist.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bunting on August 28, 2014
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I had no problem finding parallels between the themes in this movie and my own life, so it was quite fun to watch - as well as a cautionary tale, depending on how you interpret things. If you are the type of person who likes to get high on psychedelics or delve into deep, philosophical stuff, this movie is fertile ground for as many discussions as you can handle. Also, I'd recommend watching this movie at least twice within the same 24 hour period, but perhaps not back-to-back, as it yields further symbols on subsequent viewings. For example, if we examine how the main character persists in telling people how to spell his name: "Q, no u, o-h-e-n" It isn't until later in the movie that another character begins to refer to Qohen as simply "Q" - when watched again, taking into account the possibility that Qohen may be the only "real" person in the story, the first part of his spelling out of his name could be rendered "Q, no you..." because you don't exist. Small gems like this are one of the reasons this movie is amazing to me.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Martz on August 23, 2014
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This movie has some Brazil-like themes, but is also quite different. For one, Brazil has a tragically dark ending that invites the viewer to find a way to deny it. This is possible because some scenes are clearly imaginary or full of cognitive dissonance, yet there seems to be no escape. Zero Theorem has similar elements, but any sense of ultimate darkness is denied (by a voiceover in the credits). The viewer is free to be satisfied or dis-satisfied. But the same enticement to understand is undeniable, a mark of great art. You cannot forget this movie. Also special is the junction of main characters that each quite obviously live in different worlds, though part of the same world. Their perspectives are not just different, they are otherworldly different. Yet they coexist, tolerating dialogs that contain interleaved sense and nonsense. The sets, visuals, and cinematography are also excellent.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lance on August 25, 2014
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If you dream of seeing a film that mashes up elements of Blade Runner’s set design, Rocky Horror Picture Show’s costume design, and Brazil’s madcap characterizations and bleakness with teased hope, then you’re going to flip for The Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam’s welcome return to form. Though the plot concerns the quest to solve the meaning of life (as calculated by an unattainable mathematical theorem), Gilliam is not dangling any solutions; he basks in the Kafkaesque farces of people’s struggling to fight authority and attain dream-like freedom. If you think that echoes Gilliam’s brilliant 1985 masterpiece Brazil, it does; The Zero Theorem is Brazil-lite, but what keeps it fresh is Gilliam’s amazing visual design, filled with sight gags and sly references, and the joy of watching some terrific actors let loose in total caricatures that inhabit a surreal cityscape.

Christophe Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years a Slave) is Qohen Leth, a quirky loner and possible savant who works as a programmer for Mancom (the big bad authoritarian company). His only hope in life is that he will receive a phone call that will bring him total salvation; until then, he works adamantly at his computer to “crunch entities” via a massive virtual world in which he connects mathematical proofs as if playing a video game. Management (personified by an artfully costumed Matt Damon) has an eye on him—many, in fact—because they think he has the potential to solve the Zero Theorem. Qohen is examined by 3 virtual doctors (Peter Stormare, Ben Wishaw, and Sanjeev Bhaskar), and is assigned a virtual therapist, Dr. Shrink-Rom (another whacky prosthetic turn from Tilda Swinton, who we last saw practicing prosthetic comedy in Snowpiercer).
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