At this point we shouldn't really expect anything less strange from Terry Gilliam than a completely hairless Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton with a funny voice and (we think) fake teeth, and a neon dystopian landscape. Perhaps that's why the trailer for his latest, The Zero Theorem, is certainly odd, but not exactly surprising.
The Zero Theorem doesn't have a US release date yet, but premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. It follows the story of Waltz's character Qohen Leth—yup, that's a name—in an attempt to solve something called, well, "The Zero Theorem," which would prove that "all is for nothing."
Reviews were mixed out of Venice. Comparing it to Gilliam's Brazil, Mary Corliss of Time called the film "a spectacle that demands to be cherished — as long as the society Gilliam portrays is a satire, not a prophesy." Meanwhile Xan Brooks at The Guardian said it's a "sagging bag of half-cooked ideas, a dystopian thriller with runaway dysentery, a film that wears its metaphorical trousers around its metaphorical ankles." (A trailer leaked back in June, but was since taken down.)
And while your opinion of the film is all probably a matter of taste, here's hoping it gets a release date. Hey! Matt Damon's even in it.
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