A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is ... See full summary »
Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen,
A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves. Written by
Cinematographer Nicola Pecorini decided to shoot on film rather than digitally: "Both Terry and I were convinced that the best way to capture the image was on film. It gives you the latitude; it gives you the greatest palette to work with." The 35mm negative was processed and digitized overnight by Kodak Cinelabs Romania located nearby in the center of Bucharest. Digital rushes were available to view in the morning. See more »
When Qohen is sitting at his computer naked, he is wearing flesh colored underwear. See more »
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Christoph Waltz plays a troubled man in an oppressive, apparently pointless job in his corporate cubicle. As you'd expect from Gilliam, he explores this not with a bleak gray background, but a garish cartoony near-future world full of madness and humour. I suspect this choice won't be for everyone, as the first hour of the film is slightly over-the-top, particularly David Thewliss's David Brent-like supervisor
though it's always entertaining. But by anchoring the film on Waltz,
who is able to show a mannered but more serious side than his Tarantino roles, Gilliam gains unexpected levels of gravitas as he explores themes of isolation in a connected world, constant surveillance and feelings of doom. This can be filed next to Brazil in tone, and is highly recommended for Gilliam fans as his most successful film for many years.
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