6 Feb
A reclusive computer genius explores the meaning of life

Terry Gilliam returns with his latest humorously skewed take on society with The Zero Theorem. It’s not that Gilliam’s views on the human condition are tangential, it’s that he often makes allegories that illuminate the bottomless bullshit in modern society better than almost anybody. In his best work — Brazil, Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas,  Time Bandits, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, etc — he’s nearly untouchable. Nevermind his legendary work with Monty Python, directing their two best films The Meaning of Life and The Holy Grail. Of course, Gillaim also has films like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to keep expectations grounded. But there’s much to look forward to with The Zero Theorem, which stars the always great Christopher Waltz as Qohen Leth, “an eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. He waits for a phone call explaining the meaning of life. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as ‘Management’, Qohen works to solve the ‘Zero Theorem’, a mathematical formula derived from Big Crunch theory. The fate of the universe as a black hole singularity is purported to show that life has no purpose. Qohen’s work in the burnt-out chapel that serves as his home is interrupted by visits from Bainsley, a seductive woman, and Bob, the teenage son of Management.”

The Zero Theorem also stars the stunning Mélanie Thierry as that seductive woman, as well as Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton and David Thewlis. No official word on the release date for Terry Gilliam’s latest, but get your fix peeping the trailer below…

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