As if you could be any more jealous of those who trekked out to sunny Cali this week
to pal around with middle-aged people in superhero costumes for Comic-Con, two first-glimpse photos from Terry Gilliam's upcoming sci-fi flick "The Zero Theorem," starring Christoph Waltz as a brilliant computer scientist tasked with finding out the purpose of existence, were shelled out to the nerdy crowd in San Diego yesterday to accompany a screener of the movie's opening ten minutes.
Lucky for everyone else, the internet exists (dude, you're on it right this very second), and because of this unequivocal fact, you too can enjoy the photos from the comfort of your very own beanbag chair. Technology, win.
As anyone familiar with Gilliam's unique style might expect — see also "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," "Tideland," "Twelve Monkeys" ... better yet, just see 'em all — the pictures are delightfully silly and colorful and confusing but also thoroughly intriguing all the same.
There isn't too much to be said about them, though, because of the extreme likelihood that any speculation over the meaning of the photos will be 100% incorrect.
But coupling these with the plot — "Qohen Leth, a socially maladjusted 'cubicle zombie' with a genius for computer work, is waiting for a phone call. His entire life has been consumed with the wait for this call. He doesn't know the nature and origin of the call, but he knows it will provide him with the purpose that he has long lived without" — one might just get a sense of the world Gilliam's launching us all into next.
Also, if you feel like having the first ten minutes of the film spoiled for you, our pals over at Coming Soon have a nice from-memory recap.