The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem

DVD - 2015
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Rating: R; for language and some sexuality/nudity.
The story about a computer hacker in a dystopian sci-fi world. Living under constant surveillance by 'Management,' he strives to solve The Zero Theorem, a mathematical formula that may hold the key to the meaning of life.

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Xcellp
Jun 21, 2017

After reading DVD cover comments and on-line reviews, I wasn't sure if this movie would be worth watching. However, I decided to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised. Still a touch of "Monty Python" in Giliam's work :-)

Initial film description states main character was a "computer hacker." Actually he worked for a futuristic, though strange, company and was assigned to do this computer project.

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rugolin
Mar 05, 2017

I have really enjoyed Terry Gilliam's early works like Time Bandits,Brazil and especially Baron Munchhausen but most of his later works haven't been much good like Tideland,Grimm Brothers and Dr Parnassus. Here with Zero Theorem we are somewhere in between where it is an improvement over these later films but still quite short of the strange imaginative early films. Sometimes Terry Gilliam has problems with creating characters and situations which can hook the audience and goes more for images and style over coherence. It worked really well in Brazil but in Zero Theorem you feel kind of baffled by what is going on and how you can identify with anyone in the film. If there is one silver lining it is Melanie Thierry who has so much charisma and charm that she add much needed life into the movie and story.

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redwig
Aug 01, 2016

A worthy addition to the exploration of dystopias! The system vs. the individual... can you feel it? Trying to find meaning and fulfillment in the face of inevitable nothingness... bravo! A dystopia worthy of discussion! Much like "Brazil," or Pink Floyd's "The Wall," or even "1984" but with "Catch 22"-esque humor and irony. Yes, it feels a bit artsy and yes the symbols stack up left and right, but... juicy fun! A great discussion film... especially if you enjoy and "get" Terry Gilliam.

lkorte1924 Jan 19, 2016

Unbelievably bad film. It was impossible to care about any of the characters and the vision of the "future" in the film already seems intensely outdated (to say nothing of the lame soundtrack and those cheesy video game graphics!). The only part of the film I enjoyed was the decaying church that Qohen lives in--a nice piece of setbuilding, that.

The over-the-top parts of Brazil felt right within that film's universe, and you genuinely felt some sort of connection to what was going on, but here, you feel absolutely nothing at all. I can't believe the screenwriter teaches script writing at a university! All that seems to be in this film is a litany of what NOT to do in worldbuilding. Ignore this film & go rewatch Gilliam's earlier stuff instead.

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Rosebudz_0
Nov 06, 2015

At least he does find the meaning of life in that fantasy scene on the little island with his love!

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jimhearsey
Oct 15, 2015

these people are insane if they don't like it. sure, gilliam can be diffucult, but this one of his most profound and easy to fokllow

What a muddled mess. It's like Gilliam just recycled Brazil (which, was/is brilliant) with a few plot changes and a much, much worse script about yet another dystopian world. Even the sets looked cheap and childish (I had to recheck the DVD container to be sure it wasn't filmed in the 80's). I couldn't make out at all what was the purpose of the film. Nothing to recommend in this one, unfortunately.

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jimcrackmuthah1
Sep 02, 2015

A return to form for Gilliam. A brilliant fantasy, and, like Brazil, a social satire of ripe dimension. It is a very colorful film, with a huge accent on imagination. Just a great piece of entertainment!

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erinandeden
Jul 27, 2015

Visual phantasmagoria. Waltz and Thewlis nail it. Should be seen on the big screen! Perhaps too nightmarish for TV folks.

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Geoffpaul
Jul 15, 2015

wow...hugely disappointing...didn't know I could sleep with my eyes open...

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Xcellp
Jun 21, 2017

Management: I never said all is for nothing. I'm a businessman, Mr. Leth, nothing is for nothing. Ex inordinateo veni pecunia [Literal translation: Out of disorder comes money].

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jimg2000
Jun 10, 2015

Qohen Leth: Nothing adds up.

Joby: No. You've got it backwards, Qohen. Everything adds up to nothing, that's the point.

Qohen Leth: What's the point?

Joby: Exactly. What's the point of anything?

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john_doh17
Mar 06, 2015

Bailey: Is that how you see the world? That's just awful! How do you live like that?
Qohen: One day at a time.

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