Venice Review: Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton
It might not be a return to the form of “Time Bandits,” “Brazil,” “The Fisher King” and “ Twelve Monkeys,” but it’s a lot better than what we’ve had from Gilliam in the last decade, and we sincerely hope there’s plenty more to come. [B-]
Review: Terry Gilliams The Zero Theorem doesnt add up to much
Still, a strain (and I do mean strain) of disheartened self-nostalgia runs through "Theorem," touching on more than just the bureaucratic terror of "Brazil": its slap-headed victim-hero Qohan Leth (played by Christoph Waltz, also shorn of eyebrows and confidence) is a feyer Euro cousin to Bruce Willis in "12 Monkeys," for starters. Never mind that "The Zero Theorem" is essentially an obscure synonym for the already-taken "The Meaning of Life." None of the visual and story cues prompt comparisons that flatter the new film to any degree, though, while you needn't even view it relation to past works to wonder why it looks so appalling, with slipshod post-production and cinematographer Nicola Pecorini's hard lighting doing little to build upon a resourcefully spent but palpably meager budget.
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Terry Gilliam Not a Fan of Syfy's 12 Monkeys Series Idea - Dread Central
Syfy's "12 Monkeys" may have just been given the go, but the director of the 1995 feature film, Terry Gilliam, would like to see it just flat out stop. No yielding. No slowing down. Just stop.
In an interview with Screen Daily, Gilliam had this to say about the Syfy project.... “I know nothing about that. That’s just ridiculous,” he states. “It doesn’t have anything to do with me and no one has contacted me. It’s a very dumb idea. That’s what I think. If it was going to be any good, it would have to be written by David and Janet Peoples, who wrote the film; otherwise, it would just be another version of Time Bandits."
While reflecting back on his cult classic starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt: “The script was just wonderful and the cast turned out to be just brilliant – and I didn’t **** it up too badly.“