Excerpt: Brazil is visionary director Terry Gilliam’s retro-futurist tale of one little man’s fight against the Machine. The film depicts an Orwellian society that doesn’t tolerate dissent or contrary thinking, so anyone who’s against the government is scooped up, tortured for information and killed... all very quickly and efficiently. The story starts with a bug, literally, getting caught in the system and causing a typo.
Excerpt: Brazil takes place in a totalitarian state that looks futuristic and laughably dilapidated at the same time. The consumerist regime and its well-to-do citizenry live under the constant threat of attack, but the only terrorist we actually see is a freelance repairman who performs rogue HVAC fixes (Robert De Niro’s Harry Tuttle, subject of a deadly typo that sets the movie’s frantic events in motion).
Conclusion: Arguably Terry Gilliam's magnum opus, 'Brazil' is a bizarrely surreal, highly-imaginative black comedy set in a bleak, mechanical future. The frightful vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic hell is a visually-arresting film where fantastical dreams merge with dreary nightmares and features terrific performances by Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro and Michael Palin.
Excerpt: The Movie An iconic Orwellian journey through a dystopian near-future, Brazil was one of the most controversial films of the mid-1980s, at one point considered too radical to be widely distributed by its studio. Eventually it was released of course, garnering rave reviews and earning multiple awards and nominations.
Excerpt: It should be said before I try and review Brazil in any semblance of an objective manner that my childhood was defined by a certain Gilliam film. While other kids grew up on turgid stuff like The NeverEnding Story I watched our copy of Time Bandits enough times to wear out the VHS tape. Something about Terry Gilliam's vision spoke to me before I even knew who Gilliam was, let alone what the Auteur theory was.
Conclusion: 'Brazil' is arguably Terry Gilliam's 1985 magnum opus, a bizarrely surreal, highly-imaginative black comedy set in bleak, mechanical future. The frightful vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic hell is a visually-arresting film where fantastical dreams merge with dreary nightmares. Over the years, since its troubled release, it has become a cult sci-fi classic with terrific performance by Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro and Michael Palin.
Summary: Terry Gilliam is undoubtedly one of the most manically creative directors working in contemporary film. He's just as undoubtedly one of the most undisciplined. Any given film of Gilliam's is likely to be a riot of invention, with often stupdenous production design, fun if not always entirely convincing special effects, cartwheeling camera moves and an overall carnival ambience that is often more than not able to cajole an audience into forgiving at least some of the...