Man tied to machine and machine tied to man is the visual stimulus for the first poster from Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem about a hacker (Ben Whishaw) trying to discover the meaning of human existence despite The Management's (Matt Damon) attempt to distract him from that task. Zero Theorem is Gilliam's first film in four years and the retro look of the poster with its vacuum tubes, diodes and dot matrix printers gives it a "Brazil" echo. Gilliam in a released statement calls it "a film that is honest, funny, beautiful, and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love, full of quirky characters and sparkling performances; raising questions without offering obvious answers." "When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now."
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