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Christoph Waltz braves Terry Gilliam's tech noir nightmare

03 September 2013  |  Written by James White  

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You may have seen the unofficial – and quickly vaporised – footage from Terry Gilliam’s latest, The Zero Theorem, when it arrived online a while ago. Quite possibly you were further intrigued by our exclusive first look and report on the Comic-Con presentation. If all that has your appetite well and truly whetted, prepare to enjoy the first official clip from the film.

Coming off as the nightmare spawn of Gilliam’s own Brazil with a dash of updated, Minority Report-style ad-spewing, the clip finds Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a genius computer programmer reduced to working as a grunt for a Megacorporation, but who is also obsessed with finding the reason for human existence.

Here, the shaven-headed, nervous Leth navigates the crowded way from where he lives in an abandoned church to his job, passing endless adverts (who doesn’t want to join the Church Of Batman The Redeemer?) and assorted oddballs. 

It all feels like Gilliam is firing on all freaky cylinders, and gives us hope for the rest of the film, which also features David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton and Matt Damon in a superbly be-wigged supporting turn.

The Zero Theorem has had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the various festival screenings will help it snag distribution so we can all see it…


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LONG LIVE SPIDER JERUSALEM!!!!
This looks really visually cool and Waltz would make THE perfect SJ! More

Posted by willy2fly at 09:12 on 04 September 2013 | Report This Post

I'll always watch a Gilliam film the last few got progressively poorer here's hoping he's back on form he deserves it for his great body of work and selfishly I want him to beguile me with his genius again. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:33 on 03 September 2013 | Report This Post

I predict a visually interesting, imaginative but dramatically shallow and possibly unengaging film. Unless Gilliam's upped his game. More

Posted by Oroborous at 09:27 on 03 September 2013 | Report This Post

It's quite reminiscent of Transmetropolitan, visually. I like. More

Posted by dunkah at 01:08 on 03 September 2013 | Report This Post

Odd
This is bloody bizarre, but I like it. Funny, smart and pretty terrifying More

Posted by trekkie2000 at 19:39 on 02 September 2013 | Report This Post

Looks like Brazil meets Doctor Who (Russell T. Davies years). Which makes me very excited. But I do wonder why there hasn't been any buzz about it if it has already premiered in Venice. More

Posted by pan_sapien at 19:30 on 02 September 2013 | Report This Post

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