I feel I need to issue a warning: After watching this new international trailer for Terry Gilliam’s latest sci-fi mindtrip, The Zero Theorem, you are either going to feel like you just munched down a handful of hallucinogenic drugs, or you’re going to feel the insatiable urge to munch down a handful of hallucinogenic drugs.
Led by Christoph Waltz’s awkwardly hairless protagonist, the film appears to be a weird, trippy, meta-textual adventure for the senses which touches on all kinds of philosophical meanderings. With a Batman church. Yep, this is exactly what you’ve come to expect and love from a Terry Gilliam movie.
Directed by Terry Gilliam (“Brazil,” “Twelve Monkeys,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”), “The Zero Theorem” stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained,” “Inglorious Basterds”) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he’s able to understand his own reason for being.
The Zero Theorem also stars Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges and Rupert Friend. There’s no word yet on an official release date, though the film has already launched in a few European countries.
Last Updated: May 29, 2014