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The Zero Theorem: Christoph Waltz Brilliantly Seeks Meaning In Nothingness

the zero theorem“Be vewy, vewy quiet. We’re hunting entities.”

Back in 1983, Terry Gilliam and his Monty Python cohorts took on the Meaning of Life, never quite putting a definition to it other than demonstrating that our lives are the sum of our experiences. Gilliam’s latest candy-colored mindbender, The Zero Theorem, is a film about a man who is also looking for a deeper context to this thing called existence. In narrowing his scope to one character, more or less, Gilliam is able to tackle vastly large ideas without having to pretend that he has all the answers. There is always meaning if you look for it. And if you don’t, well, that sure is some pretty scenery, isn’t it, Ma?

A hairless Christoph Waltz plays Qohen Leth, a computer programmer (for lack of a better job description) whose list of phobias, ticks, and eccentricities could fill a medical text. He lives the bulk of his solitude in a converted church where rats and birds are his unofficial roommates, only traveling outside to go to work for a company called Mancom that deals in crunching entities and liquid memory and other buzzwords that aren’t the point. Qohen’s main goals involve working from home and staying around his telephone, waiting for a magical call in which all of life’s mysteries will be revealed.

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The Zero Theorem Character Posters All Add Up To Nothing

Zero TheoremTerry Gilliam’s latest film, The Zero Theorem just hit video on demand yesterday—with a theatrical run to follow on September 19. Early reviews have been mixed, but we’re still excited to finally see what has been described as a warmer, cuddlier version of the director’s earlier dystopian films like Brazil and 12 Monkeys. If nothing else, we’ll always get pumped up for a Terry Gilliam movie, no matter what. To mark the release, there are now a half-dozen new character posters.

The film stars two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, who plays a strange, isolated computer genius named Qohen Leth, who lives by himself in the charred husk of a church. That’s a good place for an isolated weirdo to dwell. When Management (Matt Damon) gives him a mysterious project—discovering the meaning of life—Qohen is besieged by existential angst, unwanted visitors, and distractions from every side. He eventually falls in with Melanie Thierry’s Bainsley, a sexy, flirtatious woman who comes into his orbit, and that’s when things start to get really interesting and his world view opens up.

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Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem Unveils A Dreamy Domestic Trailer

Everything adds up to nothing. That’s the basic premise that Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz), a reclusive computer genius, is tasked with proving in Terry Gilliam’s newest film, The Zero Theorem. As you can imagine, this leads to something of an existential crisis. After all, if there is no point to anything we do, why the hell should we do it in the first place? This struggle is front and center in the latest domestic trailer, which was just unveiled ahead of the recently announced US release date that we’ve been waiting so long for, September 19 (though we will be able to see it first on VOD starting August 19).

Watching this latest offering, which debuted over at iTunes Movie Trailers, you can’t help but be struck by Gilliam’s visual sense. And just in case you somehow miss keying in on that element of the film, this video is full of disembodied quotes from critics that will call your attention to it over and over again.

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Zero Theorem Teaser Poster Banned Because Of Christoph Waltz’s Buns

ZeroTheoremBannedPoor Terry Gilliam has had a rough time of it over his many years as a filmmaker. He’s made some of the most colorful and distinctive genre classics of his age, such as 12 Monkeys and Time Bandits, but for every success he’s had more than his fair share of trouble. He famously butted heads with Universal over the ending of Brazil, and his next film, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, was a massive flop that barely got a domestic release from Columbia Pictures. His The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a master class in Murphy’s law, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was struck by the tragic death of Heath Ledger, forcing his part to be recast (by three different actors). So if the biggest speedbump The Zero Theorem hits on its way to theaters this September is having its appropriately odd teaser poster banned by the MPAA to protect our innocent eyes from Christop Waltz’s bare backside, well, I guess that’s not that bad, all things considered. But it’s still pretty dumb.

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Terry Gilliams’s The Zero Theorem Will Hit U.S. Theaters In September

the zero theoremThough director Terry Gilliam’s ties to Hollywood seem to be ever decreasing, his films never cease to amaze me more than 90% of the heavily touted mess that gets shoehorned into nationwide theaters every weekend. His next mind-bending adventure, the existential comedic drama The Zero Theorem, has finally secured a release date from Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment, and audiences can expect to find it in U.S. theaters on September 19.

It’s been three-and-a-half long months since The Zero Theorem was picked up for domestic distribution in March, and we’ve calmly been acting out scenes from Time Bandits while waiting for an actual date to mark on a calendar. Now that we have one, we can start wondering just how few cinemas will actually be screening it. Luckily, the studios also announced that they’re putting it out on VOD platforms starting August 19, which is how most of the country will be forced to watch it, I’m sure.

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The Zero Theorem Deduces An Official International Trailer

Any time Terry Gilliam makes a movie is a notable event for us, science fiction or not. Even when he’s working outside the genre, he manages to infuse all of his films with a sense of magic, wonder, and fantasy. His latest film, The Zero Theorem, has gathered mixed reviews, but we’re still excited to see it, especially after watching this latest official international trailer. If it feels like this movie has been coming and coming forever, you’re not wrong. After premiering at the Venice Film Festival, we’ve seen stills and trailers and clips and all kinds of promos, but there’s still no word on a U.S. release date.

In The Zero Theorem, Christoph Waltz plays a strange, reclusive computer genius, Qohen Leth, who is having something of an existential crisis—he feels nothing, no joy, no anything. When he is given a high priority new project aimed at proving the meaning of life, or more precisely, to discover that life is totally meaningless and it all amounts to nothing, he starts to come unraveled. Into all of this comes a mysterious and alluring woman, Bainsley (Melanie Thierry), and he falls into a rabbit hole of love and desire and may just find out that there is a reason for everything after all.

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