Director: Terry GillIam
Writer: Pat Rushin
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Gwendoline Christie, Lily Cole, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Peter Stormare
Studio: Amplify

“The Zero Theorem” is about one man’s desire to work from home. Qohen Leth is sent by his company to stand by a phone and await the call that will open up the secrets of the universe. Qohen is a brilliant mind that believes he can solve The Zero Theorem. Matt Damon plays the agent of Management that believes he can pull this one down as well. A bunch of random people tied to his company get sent to his home to help him out. But, Qohen starts to believe that these people might be placed there to stop him from working on his life’s goal.

If you’re looking for a straightforward movie, then keep on marching. Gilliam had a big classic period and then started moving away. He got weird and dark in the Don Quixote era, but now I see the master auteur moving into a new arena. As a director facing the later years, he’s tackling more projects that ask bigger questions about life and our place in it. Are we doing the right thing and can we qualify our actions to ourselves? Those are big issues that you don’t see movies tackling anymore.

Terry Gilliam is inching back to his classic era at lightning speed. But, it’s not going to be the same. Once you’ve done “Brazil”, that’s it. If anything, I like seeing an older cynical take on many related tropes when it comes down to this material. Genius is hard to portray in the cinema without resulting to one of many stereotypes. Why do they always have to be loner weirdos who are being driven insane by the burden of higher knowledge? What happens when the intelligent hit something that slips the bonds of humanity? That’s what I got from this film.


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