The Zero Theorem

New trailer pops up for Terry Gilliam's latest crazy sci-fi movie

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Jan 27, 2014, 5:28 PM EST (Updated)

His track record has been inconsistent the last few years, but we love us some Terry Gilliam around here, so we're happy to get a look at a trailer for his latest -- and, perhaps, strangest -- sci-fi brew.

The movie is called The Zero Theorem, and it stars Christoph Waltz as an "eccentric and reclusive computer genius" named Qohen who is tasked with figuring out whether the title equation -- which supposedly proves the meaninglessness of existence -- is actually correct.

As you can see from the trailer, poor Qohen gets more than he bargained for in the process as he falls for a mysterious and seductve young woman (Melanie Thierry) while also being thrust into a surreal and very Gilliam-esque world where reality just seems to melt away. The film also features the 12 Monkeys director's trademark combination of the futuristic, the retro and the just plain timeless.

Not surprisingly, the film -- which premiered last year at several festivals -- has not yet secured U.S. distribution, despite a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon and James Bond's new Q, Ben Whishaw. Why is this? Well, Gilliam's films are typically a hard sell to a mass audience, and this one looks a lot more in the realm of his cult favorites like Brazil than his commercial hits like The Fisher King.

Whether The Zero Theorem is one of Gilliam's stronger films or not, his voice always needs to be heard, so here's hoping we'll have news on a North American release date soon. Watch the trailer below and tell us if you feel the same.

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