Director: Terry Gilliam
Writer(s): Pat Rushin
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon, and Ben Whishaw
Running Time: 106 minutes
Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)’s madcap science fiction epic The Zero Theorem stars two- time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz 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 complete lack of one – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Job (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.
“Incredibly powerful…The Zero Theorem takes huge philosophical ideas and turns them into a grand sci-fi adventure.” – Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap
“[A] visually splendid nightmare of totalitarian glitz… The Zero Theorem is a spectacle that demands to be cherished.” – Mary Corliss, TIME