Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem” Review and Trailer

penguinAt first glance it would appear Terry Gilliam‘s newest film is nothing more than an inferior reimagining of his 1985 Owrellian SciFi classic, Brazil, even right down to having the fantastical dream girl character, as well as a scene of kooky doctors examining the protagonist in a sterile and quite large open room. But, if you look closer you’ll see that in fact this is really… oh, who am I kidding? Not only is Zero Theorem an unnessasary take on the same story as Brazil, it’s also a vastly inferior one.

Although the ideas being shown are somewhat interesting – maybe not to those have already seen Brazil, or Michael Radford‘s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) – they are presented in a very stale and uninspired fashion, and through an inescapably sloggish pace to boot. It’s hard to believe this was actually made by the same man who gave us Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), 12 Monkeys (1995), and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) rather than some fanboy or imitator thereof.

Sadly, even the would-be saving grace performance of Christoph Waltz, who goes all-in with a fantastic portrayal of a burnt out worker bee droneish type assigned to crunching esoteric numbers, can’t save the film from being little more than an exercise in  continual tedious boredom. Really, nothing more to say here other than I think I’m just going to re-watch Brazil. It’s funnier, better acted, more carefully realized, and is still much more timely than The Zero Theorem, try as the latter may to incorporate invasive streaming media in place of those hilariously crude ventilation tubes of Brazil.


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