072 - Brazil (1985)

Brazil tells the story of one man's journey to fight against the oppressive nature of the overly-efficient world after an administration error.

Sam Lowry (Jonathon Pryce) is an un-aspiring administration clerk working for a Government that seems to be more interested in creating a society that is as efficient as possible without the need for human emotions. When he sleeps his dreams are haunted by thoughts of an unknown lady who he flies towards without ever making it to her.

Following an administration error - that makes a nod towards computer's first 'bug' - Lowry finds the woman of his dreams and attempts to track her down while trying to correct the Government's first administration error.

Theatrical Poster
Source: Wikipedia
Brazil gives a dark humoured look at the world of computer administration and, being released between the first Macintosh in January 1984 and the first Windows machine in November 1985, it was probably a suitable time for it to be released. Indeed, the film makes a nod to this as. rather than being set in a futuristic world, it is seen as more of a retro-sci-fi, where the society is vastly different but the technology is very similar.

The stars are rife - Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent and Michael Palin all turned up for former Monty Python Terry Gilliam's film. It is clear that Gilliam has been influenced by his time as a Python as Brazil ventures dangerously close to the edge of the insane as shots flit between scenes with sometimes very little follow-on.

Personally, I am not a fan of Brazil. Although the concept is an interesting one, the comedy is nowhere near as good as that of Monty Python. In places, the film becomes very enthralling before veering off in a different direction that makes it extremely difficult to follow. After about an hour of this see-sawing between understandable and zany, the interest begins to wane.

The two stars is in the most part for the excellent soundtrack and the concept. Other than this, the appeal just isn't there for me.