The Zero Theorem

A cluttered Sci-Fi confection

A hairless, uncharacteristically uncharismatic Christoph Waltz plays a brilliant cubicle jockey tasked with working on a mathematical proof that, well, nothing really matters. This cluttered Sci-Fi confection is the kind of colorful, kinetic dystopian vision that director Terry Gilliam (Brazil) does so well, but though this is being sold as existential angst, it’s got a recycled feel, and the clutter mainly serves to distract from the dullness of the story and its take on digital alienation. The repetitious in-jokes are not funny, the characters are not likable, and the whole thing is too, um, theoretical. Japanese title: Zero no Mirai. (106 min)