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|Originaltitel:||The Zero Theorem|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 107 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
In a world dominated by computers, social networks and advertising, the computer genius Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) lives secluded in the ruins of a burnt-out church. With a lot of luck he managed to convince his mysterious boss "Management" (Matt Damon) that he could work more efficiently from his home than in the noisy and hectic environment of his previous workplace. In his own little world, Qohen is to solve the "zero theorem", a mathematical equation that could solve the mystery of the meaning of life. Whenever he makes a big step forward in his efforts, however, he is disturbed by his superior Joby (David Thewlis), by the lascivious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry) or by Bob (Lucas Hedges), the eccentric son of "Management". Soon Qohen suspects that he should be deliberately prevented from solving the zero theorem. But Qohen can't be so easily dissuaded from his task…
With "The Zero Theorem" director Terry Gilliam once again delivers a very dystopic vision of the future after "Brazil" and "Twelve Monkeys". Again the whole thing is very playful and bizarre, but under this colourful and very peculiar surface it deals again with quite essential questions about life and about being human. No question about it, Gilliam offers his viewers a lot for the eye again. The equipment is simply great and extremely playful - just as you would expect from a Monty Python member. But in his love for extravagant details Gilliam always loses sight of the story.
Gilliam never wants to serve his audience everything openly on a tray. He demands of his viewers that they think, interpret and look beneath the surface. In principle, this is very positive, especially since the combination of fascinating visual language and multi-layered story can make a movie something very special - as it was the case with "Brazil". But if the story seems to consist only of fragments, which don't want to fit together to a coherent whole, then even the most bizarre designs and the best intentions behind the story don't help to entertain the audience well.
The prerequisites for this are really good. With Christoph Waltz, Gilliam has found a first-class leading actor who embodies the contact-shy hermit in an eccentric but nevertheless extremely sympathetic way. And also the other actors, especially Matt Damon and Mélanie Thierry, raise the movie to a very high level. In addition, some pieces of the story work very well on their own. These moments will be remembered for a long time. It's a real shame that the whole film doesn't succeed in doing this.
Terry Gilliam has never been a filmmaker for the general public, despite some major successes. His films are often strange or very difficult to access, such as the drama "Tideland", which is only released on DVD in this country. In this respect "The Zero Theorem" does not fall completely out of the familiar pattern. And so it can be assumed that faithful Gilliam fans will only be disturbed to a certain extent by the somewhat confused story. For those who like the filmmaker for his eccentric visual language will love "The Zero Theorem". But all the other viewers will surely be annoyed by this search for the meaning of life. And that's why: Only for fans with some deductions worth seeing!
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