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½ November 4, 2017
A gamer and his scientific goal.

Honestly, this is the first film from Terry Gilliam I did not enjoy. I feel very bad to rate such a low for his film. Literally, there was no story in it. Just a confused character and the events surround him unfolds in a weird way. The characters, settings, I thought it had potential. Visually, it was the same Terry Gilliam style film, but the screenplay failed to have impressive developments. Nonetheless, Christopher Waltz was so good.

It is being more a gamer's tale is what turned down. Seeing the title, I anticipated something brilliant or mind-bender. Though most of the film it was the main character who hold the joystick and try to achieve a scientific goal. The Melanie Thierry part was good. Brought some cheers, but did not end properly. The film did not fare well among the film goers. Mostly a mixed response. But I think it was a below average, especially coming from such a great director.

½ August 12, 2017
I think this movie was about Christoph Waltz fear of getting a colonoscopy?
July 10, 2017
A companion piece and counter-point to Gilliam's Brazil, the Brave New World to the earlier film's 1984, the director constructs another reality just one step away from our own. This one a tyranny of pleasure rather than the deprivation of it; showing what our online sensory- and information-overload and pretentious, faux-intellectual, attention-demanding social media would look like given physical form. Perhaps more than any of his previous work The Zero Theorem meshes the human side in a quiet, satisfactory way (helped by a brilliant understatement from Waltz) with the philosophical points. So we get a film about a relatable person with a proper character arc as well as a film about Life, the Universe and... nothing?
½ June 20, 2017
Watching this film was like waiting for a phonecall that never came.
June 19, 2017
I know Terry Gilliam's movies are known for being wacky and pretty out there, this definitely fits that same bill. It had some Matrix-y vibes, minus all the action. Even Christoph Waltz had a sorta white Morpheus look at times. Honestly, I couldn't make a lick of sense out of any of what was going on here. I suppose it takes a certain kind of taste for someone to enjoy this and that's definitely not me. At least that Mélanie Thierry chica was damn sexy in some parts here, oo la la.
½ June 10, 2017
Weird and deep.. too deep for me.
March 11, 2017
Terry Gilliam back to his best
January 22, 2017
The Zero Therom is Gilliam's first film in quite a stretch, since the perplexing Imaginarium of Dr Parnasus and after being distracted in getting Don Quiote off the ground for the umpteenth time, and its seems a little like this is it? It almost plays out like a loose set of writing doodles debating man vs machine and ones own purpose without actually going on any kind of a journey or revelation, amongst left over sets from the Brothers Grim and Baron Manchussen from years past and relying on actors wanting to work with an eccentric talent to get buts through the door ranging from Matt Damon in a pointless cameo that could have gone to anyone, Tilda Swinton as the software AI and David Thewlis as a competitor at work. I will give him that the seldom times they do leave his sanctuary at the church that acts as Christoph Waltz's home look intriguing but when you want to spend more time checking that out and opposed to spending it with the characters inside the sanctuary (assuming the classic budget constraints) You know you are going to be in trouble. If anything, you get the marks for a slightly albeit brief exterior design and nothing much else to hang it on. Would say disappointing but meh.
½ January 7, 2017
The first thing I thought when the credits started rolling: what the heck did I just watch? After thinking about it a bit, The Zero Theorem is unquestionably intriguing, but falls flat on too many levels to overlook. I wish they had developed the rationale behind the theorem further instead of focusing on Qohen bonding with his two counterparts
½ January 2, 2017
Pretty typical of Terry Gilliam, the story is too similar to a lot of previous films. Sometimes the weirdness of his films make the whole thing worthwhile, sometimes it fails, this falls into the latter category.
½ December 27, 2016
This one kinda grew on me. Director Terry Gilliam is a hit or miss for me a lot of times. He makes a lot of over the top movies that are just trippy. I'm a huge fan of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), but a lot of his other movies just don't hit home with me. For every Fisher King (1991 and which is excellent) we get a few odd balls like The Zero Theorem, but that's not saying I wasn't entertained. Dubbed an "Orwellian Triptych" the third film in his dystopic future films starting with Brazil (1985), continuing with Twelve Monkeys (1995) and culminating with The Zero Theorem. Little quick note I wasn't a huge fan of Brazil or Twelve Monkeys yeah i know sue me. This film follows a computer genius named Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) who after missing a phone call he believes would tell him the purpose of his life begins to work from home. He is assigned The Zero Theorem which is an impossible task to discover the meaning of live by Management (Matt Damon). After working from home for a year he begins to go a bit crazy. Management sends him over a few people to help him out. The sultry Bainsley (Melanie Thierry) and Management's teenage son Bob (Lucas Hedges) who helps Qohen realize truly what he wants. It's an interesting film. Shot with a very Terry Gilliam flavor. It won't be for everyone right off the bat. It's strange and probably needs repeat viewings to really bring it all in. I liked the whole setting of being in a society where social media and electronics controls us. Qohen wants a phone call because he believes it'll help him find out his purpose and he doesn't want to be lonely anymore, yet he requests to work alone. When he does find love finally and realizes what desire is (not being another machine in society) he rejects it at first thinking it isn't the right thing to do. This is a film you can break down quite a bit with what it's real meaning can be. It has a quite opposite ending to the film compared to Brazil. and I would say as someone who didn't quite like those other two films this one worked better for me. It isn't perfect, but overall I enjoyed this one for what it represents.
November 24, 2016
I remember watching the trailer for The Zero Theorem, I don't really know about what it's about, and after watching the film, I was like, "What did I just watch?" Christoph Waltz is really good, and so are the other actors. I was notably interested in this, but it was because of the visuals which were the best part of the film. The plot wasn't really that inspiring, and the script needed a bit more work. The chemistry between Qohen and Bainsley is nice, but wasn't really interesting enough for me to care. There were some parts that were interesting, and the characters are good. There are some funny moments, but I wanted it to be funnier. With the ending making no sense, really got my sister thinking that The Last Theorem is stupid, which she's not wrong, and the film was just mediocre they really should've been better.
½ August 26, 2016
Fantastic, but not for everyone. Recomended for fans of Brazil and 12 Monkeys.
August 16, 2016
Again, the same with Tusk, I think it was a tough pill to swallow for the masses merely due to its zany subject matter. Like Kev Smith, I appreciated the bold risk of the film. It is weird. It shocks you from the dullards of predictable Hollywood blockbusters. 5000 thumbs way up!
½ July 23, 2016
People complain they don't understand the characters... I found them too stock. A hooker with a heart of gold, the whiz kid full of life and dying young, the cynic hero, the manager that wants to control all but take no responsibility. It's a trope filled movie but I liked it anyway. Terry Gilliam is always an emotional roller coaster ride.
July 16, 2016
One of the deepest and abiguously unambiguous movie.
July 10, 2016
Since the release of the polarizing but cult classic "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", Terry Gilliam has struggled in making films as beloved or memorable as he used to, plus he has been the victim of numerous production problems: Cancelled films (most notably "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"), been replaced in the directing chair ("Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone") or even the dead of lead actors (Heath Ledger in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"). But still he gave audiences the also polarizing "The Zero Theorem". So in which spectrum does Gilliam´s eleventh directorial work falls into?
Qohen Leth is a hermit computer genius who lives in a futuristic, almost Orwellian society, and is looking for a reason to live, but when he manages to get a meeting with his boss, he offers him an opportunity that may provide him with a reason.
The pairing of one of the most creative directors working to date and one of the most fun to watch actors working right now is the main reason I wanted to watch this film, plus I was really curious to see why was this film is so hated, and after watching it I don't completely get it. "The Zero Theorem" counts with a solid performance by the charismatic Christoph Waltz, Gilliam´s directing is as irreverent as ever, Gilliam´s trademark visual style is tamed by the concept of the film itself but still he manages to deliver some gorgeous visuals within this limitations, the story can only be described as a mixture of Aronofsky´s debut "Pi" with Gilliam´s masterpiece "Brazil" (I don't get why people claim this is a difficult film to follow, is extremely straightforward), the character evolution of Waltz is really interesting to witness, and the small amount of comedy are actually hilarious (Tilda Swinton is hilarious in her small cameo). But still, this film suffers from major problems: It has serious pacing issues as at time it tries to be a psychological thriller but then it goes to the Gilliam quirky style, the themes are executed poorly, some characters are useless as they literally disappear from the film, and overall the cliché but still interesting philosophical questions presented at the beginning are completely dropped, which as I mentioned in my "Ex Machina" review is extremely frustrating as they are meaningless in this narrative.
"The Zero Theorem" is a surprisingly tamed Terry Gilliam film that has some interesting ideas but overall is quite forgettable. It is by no means Gilliam´s worst film (I doubt he will ever make a film as bad as "Brothers Grimm") but quite possibly his most forgettable work to date (right next to the already mentioned "Brothers Grimm" and "Jabberwocky").
June 29, 2016
Terry Gilliam's best work in this cyberpunk story for the search of the meaning of life peppered with oddball Gilliam-isms is brilliant, high-brow intellectual stuff.
½ April 16, 2016
Not my fave TG flick.
April 16, 2016
What a load of rubbish! This movie makes absolutely no sense. With Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as the lead, one would expect at least something watchable. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to make this movie happen or cast recognizable faces in it but he or she were wrong beyond reason.
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