There is something so exquisitely fitting about the darkly comedic sci-fi film The Zero Theorem being a Terry Gilliam movie. It mixes lofty story goals with oddball characters, which describes every single one of his previous works. At least, I think the movie has those things. The film has a plotline and little else to go on. Usually, a Gilliam film goes through at least a year of troubled production, the entirety of which is reported on. But there’s something different about this one. It’s already done.
Now that we’ve gotten our first look at Matt Damon, thanks to Bleeding Cool, there’s very little doubt that this could be the greatest movie ever to exist. Well, not really, but he looks quite amazing in that not-quite-zebra jacket and tie, sitting in a chair that is either made out of the same material or covered by it. Either way, it’s a black-and-white explosion, especially when you factor in his black glasses and short, bone-white hair.
He appears to be reading from a “book” of some kind, with a “cup and saucer” nearby, and he’s sitting in front of a “lamp,” which looks more like a candelabra. Perhaps I’m trying to find mystery where no mystery exists.
In The Zero Theorem, Damon plays a mysterious figure only called Management who instructs Qohen Leth, a computer genius who is trying to figure out the titular theorem, which would determine the meaning of life, should it have one. (Leth is played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, who has an interesting head of hair himself.)
You can catch a bald, exoskeleton-wearing Damon in Elysium when it releases in August, and you can see him in the weird corporate universe of The Zero Theorem on December 10, 2013.