The Zero Theorem (2013)
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full of Gilliam's stylistic hallmarks - layered realities, overbearing technology, institutional paranoia and of course, quirky romance - it feels like a personal journey into his beliefs, as it stares into the divide between reason and faith.
The Zero Theorem is a spectacle that demands to be cherished - as long as the society Gilliam portrays is a satire, not a prophesy.
Something of a roller coaster and fairly bumpy, the ride is the problem here.
Ends up dissolving into a muddle of unfunny jokes and half-baked ideas, all served up with that painful, herky-jerky Gilliam rhythm.
Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall.
I'd rather see a director failing on their own terms than succeeding on someone else's, and while this doesn't quite find Gilliam flying, he is at least falling with style.
At least, the director's imagination remains as freeflowing and fervent as ever.
It's dystopia all over again, in an under-funded Terry Gilliam film stuffed with over-familiar ideas and trapped in a claustrophobic, ecclesiastical set.
Alas, Terry Gilliam, the legendary 73-year-old director of this zany slice of futurama, really does seem to be stuck in a rut.
I walked out feeling as though I'd just been told a 106-minute joke, with no punchline, by someone with a sense of humour far removed from my own.
With a lesser actor in the lead, The Zero Theorem would probably have you looking at your watch within the first half hour. With Christoph Waltz, you want to know what happens to his character.
... a typically vivid portrait of humanity and chaos which deserves your patience despite an uneven pace.
I found it difficult to get invested in -- even with the usually engaging Waltz in every scene.
There are a few funny ideas and striking images pinballing around in Terry Gilliam's new movie, which is a Phil-Spector-type wall of zane. But The Zero Theorem basically defeated me.
Long before the end, you want to kill all the characters on screen if only to resurrect them as normal human beings. Even that wouldn't take care of the wit-free script and fey excesses of phantasmagoria.
There's a confused mess of a plot which goes unresolved and lacks clarity in the extreme.
With strong echoes of Brazil and some nice ideas, The Zero Theorem is a return to at least mid-level form for Terry Gilliam, thanks to a witty script, some delightful production design work and superb performances from Christoph Waltz and Melanie Thierry.
Time enough for all of us to move on - but not, alas, Gilliam, whose personal projects often seem to fiddle obsessively with the same themes as his most successful movie.
It's the tangle of workings-out not the easy answer that are the proof of a theorem, and that magnificent, sparkling, insightful chaos abounds here.
The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam's best, but still the most satisfying movie he's made for years.
Lively and imaginative, this raucous adventure-drama recaptures the ramshackle futurism of director Terry Gilliam's 1985 masterpiece Brazil, throwing a lonely guy into a series of events that get increasingly surreal.
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