Runtime: 107 minutes
A computer hacker, played by Christoph Waltz (known for Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds, amongst a few), called Qohen Leth has been tasked to find the reason for human existence. As he embarks upon his difficult task, he finds himself to be continuously interrupted by the 'Management'. Namely, Bob, a young teenage boy played by Lucas Hedges (known for his performance in Moonrise Kingdom) and Bainsley, a busty love interest, played by Mélanie Thierry (probably best known for a number of foreign movies and Babylon A.D from 2008).
Boy did this movie leave me confused. I was so confused as to what was supposed to be happening, that even after the fact, I am still looking for someone to explain this on a simple level. My understanding of the movie is that Qohen is searching for the meaning of human existence (as per the movie's description) through the computer hacking job which he has. 'Management' (played by Matt Damon, everyone knows him so I don't feel a need to reference his movies) is out to hinder Qohen's progress in any which way he possibly can. That is where my understanding ends. I didn't get the ending, wasn't sure whether he managed to complete the task and discover the reason or not.
Set in the future, Gilliam, has obviously tried to encounter everything that he can about the way that the world would work in years with massive technological advances. I loved the costumes of the characters, especially the pizza girl. The outfits were shiny and fun, in vibrant colours. In fact, apart from Qohen's home, the whole world seemed to be full of colour.
I'm wanting to give the most credit to my favourite character from the movie, Bob. Hedges was excellent as the annoying teenage computer genius. Sent to 'help' (more likely to hinder than help in my opinion) Qohen in his quest, after he broke all of his equipment. I loved the presence that this character had on the screen. Although the film belonged to Waltz, he was spectacular all the way through it, I couldn't help but love Bob, and all his mannerisms. Matt Damon surprised me, in the sense that I didn't know he was in it (although if I had looked at IMDb, I would have seen it clearly on the cast list).