Terry Gilliam, fantasist extraordinaire and delightful visualist, is back. And with a movie he was actually able to complete, unlike his try at Don Quixote, which brought us only a documentary about how and why that movie never happened. The pretty-good news is that his new film, titled THE ZERO THEOREM, is much better than Tideland -- his last fully completed movie in the manner in which he intended and which I must admit to being unable to finish (I may try again when I'm older and either wiser or more senile) -- but not as interesting or as much fun as The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Heath Ledger's last and uncompleted movie: Mr Gilliam, whatever flaws he may possess as a man and writer/director, has surely had more than his fair share of bum luck).
Brazil, of which The Zero Theorem will surely remind you (it will also bring to mind everything from Blade Runner and The Fifth Element to a much more recent film, The Congress With Robin Wright.
Yes, this is another futuristic, dystopian sci-fi/fantasy with philosophical/theological over/undertones.
Christoph Waltz (above), and are always happy to see him tackle something new, this is yet another reason to catch the film. With his shaved head and near-hairless body, Mr. Waltz looks nothing like he has in any other film but is still a pleasure to see and hear. When Gilliam seems to repeat himself or give in to some fairly obvious clichés of the genre he's chosen, watching Waltz provides an immediate antidote.
Matt Damon as Management, the by-now rather generic bad guy; his son Bob (Lucas Hedges, above, center) who may not a bad sort, after all; Mélanie Thierry (two photos above) as the hooker with a heart of gold bought and paid for by management as a sop/hindrance to Qohen; David Thewlis as Qohen's immediate boss; and the ever-wonderful Tilda Swinton as our hero's online therapist (Ms Swinton is the movie's finest delight: we even get to hear her rap a bit.)
Amplify, the film opened today -- Friday, September 19 -- in a limited run all across the country. In New York City, it's playing at the IFC Center, and in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas. Click here, then scroll down, to see all currently scheduled playdates, cities and theaters.