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Film Reviews - Fantastic Fest Round Up - Day 8
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Sept. 27, 2013 11:20 a.m.

By Adam Ruhl
Well the end has finally come, Fantastic Fest 2013 went out with a phenomenal closing film, Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem. It was touch and go for most of the day, but with a little luck I was able to secure entrance to this amazing film. I have written a special review for it and encourage everyone to see this film. I hope you have enjoyed our Fantastic Fest coverage and I look forward to sharing the festival with you all again in 2014.
The Zero Theorem<>
Opinion about Terry Gilliam films tends to be fairly
polarized. Myself, the type of folks who read our site, and lovers of genre
films the world over largely consider him a genius and master filmmaker.
Others, who prefer more conventional films or simply donít like his style, have
a decidedly more mixed reaction. Zero Theorem is not likely to reconcile these
two sides anytime soon. If anything, Terry Gilliam has continued to evolve and
push his storytelling into even deeper realms than his earlier films. Iíve seen
this new movie once, but I feel like I will need time and several more viewings
before its messages become clear to me. Thatís not to say that the film is
convoluted, itís actually very straight forward, but on reflection I feel like
Terry Gilliam is encoding deeper meaning under the plot. <>
The Zero Theorem is a story about Qohen (Christoph Waltz),
an office worker who wishes to work from home because he is expecting a phone
call which will tell him the meaning of his life. His wish is granted when he
is assigned a project to work on solving the The Zero Theorem, an equation to
show that the entire universe is meaningless. The screenplay was written by Pat
Rushin (who attended the closing screening but was not available for Q&A)
and he composes some fascinating characters; similar to those in earlier
Gilliam films, but with more brooding and melancholy. Terry Gilliam stated
that, like Brazil, this was commentary on the business world of an era. I heard
someone refer to it as the ďspiritual successorí of Brazil and I can see how
someone would draw that parallel to a point. Zero points a lot of the same fun
at corporate structures and authority, but takes its own road when considering
modern motivations and how technology has shaped our world. <>
The Zero Theorem has just started on the festival rounds and
it may be some time before we see a domestic US release. When it does become
available I recommend seeing it a number of times, I know Iím going to catch
more in later viewings.  As with all his
films itís so visually busy that itís easy to miss important details. The Zero
Theorem is a brilliant film and a stunning achievement for Gilliam and Waltz. Ultimately
I think this film will place high in the list of the directorís best works. <>

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