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New trailer for Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem is crazy sci-fi perfection

Jan. 27, 2014by:

Last year, we shared the first look at the trailer to Terry Gilliam's latest film, THE ZERO THEOREM. The footage was promptly taken down only to reappear now, virtually unchanged. This time, the trailer was posted on what looks like the official site for the film.

THE ZERO THEOREM premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and yet has no release date set for North America. With Gilliam's last few films faring poorly at the domestic box office, it seems like this may be another to not see the inside of a movie theater. Having Oscar winner Christoph Waltz in the lead certainly should help matters, but time will tell.

Qohen Leth is an eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as "Management", Qohen works to solve the "Zero Theorem" – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning. 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 poster and trailers rightfully invoke the titles of TWELVE MONKEYS and BRAZIL, two of Gilliam's films this most resembles. Waltz looks brilliant and Melanie Thierry looks hot as hell. Glimpses of Peter Stormare, David Thewlis, and Ben Whishaw hint at a great cast of characters while the special effects do look more complete than in the prior trailer. The producers are also not amping up the cameo by Matt Damon to try and boost the film.

In the end, any new Gilliam is a great thing for movie fans. Here is hoping THE ZERO THEOREM is more like his classic works rather than movies like THE BROTHERS GRIMM.

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9:44AM on 01/28/2014

Looks great

This is one I hadn't heard of, and now I really look forward to seeing this. Looks like my type of film.
This is one I hadn't heard of, and now I really look forward to seeing this. Looks like my type of film.
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10:04PM on 01/27/2014
Looks awesome. Classic Gilliam. I haven't seen a good slow burn sci-fi flick in a long while. This one's on my radar now. Just stinks that it will be too bizarre for mainstream audiences, so I'll probably have to wait for it on Blu-ray....
Looks awesome. Classic Gilliam. I haven't seen a good slow burn sci-fi flick in a long while. This one's on my radar now. Just stinks that it will be too bizarre for mainstream audiences, so I'll probably have to wait for it on Blu-ray....
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9:02PM on 01/27/2014

Looks Interesting

Really does look like a cross between 12 Monkeys and Brazil. I love this kind of Gilliam.
Really does look like a cross between 12 Monkeys and Brazil. I love this kind of Gilliam.
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8:27PM on 01/27/2014
Waltz really reminds me of Malkovich here.
Waltz really reminds me of Malkovich here.
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5:50PM on 01/27/2014

God Bless Terry Gilliam (yes I realize the irony in the statement)

Because I'm sure we've seen a little of every scene of the movie, hell we've probably seen how the movie ends IN THE TRAILER. But I couldn't tell you one damn thing about the movie other than who's in it.
Because I'm sure we've seen a little of every scene of the movie, hell we've probably seen how the movie ends IN THE TRAILER. But I couldn't tell you one damn thing about the movie other than who's in it.
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4:52PM on 01/27/2014

Looks great

Inbetween this film, Interstellar, Transcendence, Under the Skin and I, Origins, 2014 is really shaping up to be a promising year for sci-fi.
Inbetween this film, Interstellar, Transcendence, Under the Skin and I, Origins, 2014 is really shaping up to be a promising year for sci-fi.
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4:01PM on 01/27/2014

Meh.

The problem is that this sort of preachy fare has now become cliched.

The phrase "Orwellian corporate world" is an oxymoron of sorts, since Orwell wrote about the encroaching powers of oppressive governments. Somewhere along the line film makers started using the word "Orwellian" to describe corporate dystopias, which have never existed. It's a strange misunderstanding of Orwell, but then I suppose Orwell really isn't assigned to students much anymore. In fact, the opinions expressed in
The problem is that this sort of preachy fare has now become cliched.

The phrase "Orwellian corporate world" is an oxymoron of sorts, since Orwell wrote about the encroaching powers of oppressive governments. Somewhere along the line film makers started using the word "Orwellian" to describe corporate dystopias, which have never existed. It's a strange misunderstanding of Orwell, but then I suppose Orwell really isn't assigned to students much anymore. In fact, the opinions expressed in films like this are held by the very people that Orwell warns us about. I suppose that's why they "re-invent" him.

So the problems with these kinds of corporate dystopia films is that they're mostly unbelievable. Typically when we see dystopias and atrocities in real life, they occur as the result of governmental policy making, rather than corporate profit seeking.

So these kinds of tales tend to come off as being gleaned from the clueless rants out of some teenager's notebook.
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9:48PM on 01/27/2014
It's not an oxymoron and much as it's a misnomer of sorts. You're definitely right about the definition of Orwellian though, but I don't even think he could have predicted or imagined our government being so supremely influenced by corporations and conglomerates.

So it very well could be the Orwellian corporate world is a byproduct of the Government being overrun by the lobbyists.
It's not an oxymoron and much as it's a misnomer of sorts. You're definitely right about the definition of Orwellian though, but I don't even think he could have predicted or imagined our government being so supremely influenced by corporations and conglomerates.

So it very well could be the Orwellian corporate world is a byproduct of the Government being overrun by the lobbyists.
10:48PM on 01/27/2014
The reason he may not have been able to predict or imagine some kind of corporate dystopia, is because they've never existed. There simply is no historical precedent to have based his works on in that regard. There still isn't.

On the other hand, throughout 6000 years of recorded human history, there is a seemingly infinite amount of historical examples of atrocities and oppression caused by out of control governments.

The Holocaust, the Red Terror, the Holodomor, the Great Purge, the
The reason he may not have been able to predict or imagine some kind of corporate dystopia, is because they've never existed. There simply is no historical precedent to have based his works on in that regard. There still isn't.

On the other hand, throughout 6000 years of recorded human history, there is a seemingly infinite amount of historical examples of atrocities and oppression caused by out of control governments.

The Holocaust, the Red Terror, the Holodomor, the Great Purge, the Great Leap Forward, The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, just to name a tiny few, simply have no "corporate" based counterparts. They are all the result of governmental policy making. Coca-Cola or Microsoft never established Gulags for people who drink Pepsi or use Macs for instance.

In this way the phrase "Orwellian corporate world" is an oxymoron insomuch as the word Orwellian describes an oppressive governmentally based dystopia as opposed to a corporate one. There simply is no such thing as an Orwellian corporate world, because Orwell never wrote about one.

So there really isn't much of an issue with government being influenced by corporations because these are privately owned entities. The real problem that creates Orwellian dystopias is the rising of a popular fascist movement, coupled with the degradation in the separation of powers and topped with unilateral action by an oligarchy or tyrant.


3:59PM on 01/27/2014
This looks like classic Gilliam. Brazil and 12 Monkeys in particular, but it also kind of reminds me of Verhoeven's Total Recall and Cronenberg's ExistenZ. David Thewlis seems appropriately Palin-esque.
This looks like classic Gilliam. Brazil and 12 Monkeys in particular, but it also kind of reminds me of Verhoeven's Total Recall and Cronenberg's ExistenZ. David Thewlis seems appropriately Palin-esque.
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3:25PM on 01/27/2014
This is my most anticipated movie of the year... if it even comes out this year. Trailer looks great It's just so depressing to me that pretty much any sci-fi can't get much of a release unless it's an action movie.
This is my most anticipated movie of the year... if it even comes out this year. Trailer looks great It's just so depressing to me that pretty much any sci-fi can't get much of a release unless it's an action movie.
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