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The Zero Theorem (2013)
Pat Rushin (screenplay) / Terry Gilliam (director)

Thanks to Brenton Lemesurier for pointing out this film directed by Monty Python's Gilliam and expected to be released December 2013. According to Wikipedia, it is about a computer programmer who "works to solve the Zero Theorem – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning."

Contributed by Anonymous

The only math in it is various mathematical formulas appearing on faces of cubes which are moved around in a game-like environment by the protagonist (Qohen Leth) in his attempt to prove the zero theorem and also some (meaningless) formulas chalked on aboard by Bob when he tries to explain the zero theorem to Qohen.

Thanks for the info, anonymous site visitor. I haven't had a chance to see it yet. I am looking forward to seeing it a bit less, now that I know I cannot expect to see much math in it. However, I see that you gave it a rating of 5 for "literary quality" and so I still have high hopes.

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Ratings for The Zero Theorem:
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
5/5 (1 votes)

GenreHumorous, Science Fiction,
MotifProving Theorems,

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