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The Zero Theorem [Blu-ray]
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Qohen Leth (2-time Academy Award© winner Christoph Waltz) is a computer genius plagued with existential angst. Eccentric and reclusive, he lives in a burnt-out church, toiling on a top-secret project personally assigned by Management (Matt Damon) to discover the meaning of life. If there is one. Witness a vision of the techno-philosophical future from Terry Gilliam, the visionary director of BRAZIL, 12 MONKEYS, and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, also starring Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, and Melanie Thierry.
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"A perfect, complete masterpiece" --Ain't It Cool News
"[A] visually splendid nightmare...a spectacle that demands to be cherished" --Time
"Incredibly powerful...a grand sci-fi adventure" --The Wrap
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And if you think about it a particular "one word" (1 star) critique is a simple reflection of that person.
The Zero Theorem is 'nothing' more than a great big (vicious) Circle. Kind of a punchline in search of a theory - or theorem - itself.
"The 'Zip T' sapped the soul right outta' me..."
Be careful what you dwell on (or wish for)
But, fans of Terry Gilliam (Monty Python fame) should like this, especially, if they liked Brazil. Very similar in theme. Yet, they are different in mood. ZERO is actually sillier; somewhat cartoon-ish.
Brazil is more a satire of Bureaucracies, Class, and Power. People as 'expendable' numbers.
THE ZERO THEOREM is more about the loss of soul. Commercialism. Lots of technologically advanced(?) advancing commercialism. There is a lot being sold here but at what cost?
Something very simple is missing in society; and for "Q" (Qohen, Christoph Waltz) in particular.
Yes it is very simple, actually, by the end of THE ZERO THEOREM the viewer has been left in a Cyber Space. Is it real? Is it happiness? Is it real happiness? Does it matter for "Q"?
It's all in the perception, man, pure and simple perception.
Protagonist Qohen Leth is a programmer who always refers to himself in the plural and works for a company called Mancom. He is assumed to be genius but quite insane. He is always waiting for a phone call that will set all things right and explain the purpose of his life.
Qohen is assigned to solve the “Zero Theorem” a mysterious mathematical conundrum which will eventually prove that life is meaningless. This task has been the cause of previous programmers to lose their minds. The beautiful Bainsley appears and they have a relationship via VR.
The story is secondary to the vast visual spectra that defines this film; from black holes to idyllic beach settings. It is almost imperative to watch this film twice: once for the pictorial phenomenon and another time to regard the story line. Not everyone will appreciate this movie but for fans of Science Fiction generally and Terry Gilliam in particular, you are in for a treat.
It was not like I've expected but it was ok.
The ending seems totally like Cohen brothers' <Barton Fink> though.
The movie was like watching his previous movies all over again. It's like a mixture of his other movies, a little bit of this, a little bit of that. All together, walla! A new movie here.
The exterior is very entertainging and there are a lot of things to watch. Especially fluorescence colored graffiti and all kind of billboards that movies. People's wearings and so on. It is clearly the way future world we are looking at. They must have spent a lot of effort to creat them.
Also the interior where the main actor Christoph Waltz is living is definaltely reminds me of the movie BLADE RUNNGER. Kind of gothic old fashioned building with huge place with exotic looking computers and so on.
Also the tool that makes him connect with this hooker girl to meet her in another place which is a dream world or a fantasy world is pretty amazing.
They usually meet at the beach somewhere that looks like maybe Hawaii. The color of the scene is more unrealistic though.
There they become more friendly and relaxed. Knowing the fact that Christoph is a genious computer operator this place is the only way for him to be totally loosen himself a little.
At the end he goes there for real and stays there forever. Just like Cohen brothers' <Barton Fink>.
This movie is a mixture of his previous move <BRAZIL><TWELVE MONKEYS><FISHER KING> .
You will clearly see those movies from this one while watching it. That is another happiness.
But there is unpleasant thing too which is the storyline is not clear. It's very loosen and the ending is very much opned and going nowhere.
This is probably the most experimental movie that he ever made in terms of no exact story movie he made.
That is to say, there is no concrete ending.
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Along with Twelve Monkeys and Brazil it forms a loose trilogy of nightmarish near future dystopias with a superb central performance from Christopher Waltz.
A definite five star must buy purchase.
Very Highly Recommended.
The Zero Theorem is funny, tragic and oddly-uplifting. It's very good and it's very Gilliam.
Maybe to plot was too "high brow" for me. I just have to reiterated, I found it just plain weird!