The Zero Theorem
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14th March 2014
Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton
A troubled genius searches for the meaning of life in Terry Gilliam's long-awaited return to blackly comic sci-fi.
Bald and eccentric computer boffin Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) toils reclusively in an abandoned church. He works for the bureaucratic near-future corporate hell that is Mancom, where Management (Matt Damon) sets him to work on the Zero Theorem. This incredibly complex formula is hoped to reveal the purpose of human existence. To perk Qohen up and focus his mind on the task at hand, Management sends in the seductive Bainsley (Melanie Thierry). Terry Gilliam's fabulously-designed dystopian comedy brilliantly satirises our obsession with the online world. 'Django Unchained' star Christoph Waltz shaved his head for the lead role, while French actress Melanie Thierry is a revelation as Bainsley. Watch out too for Tilda Swinton as a rapping psychiatrist! This is the concluding part of Gilliam's loose trilogy that began with 'Brazil' and '12 Monkeys'.
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