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Summary: Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a "perfect" future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency. When a daydreaming bureaucrat (Pryce) becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. (Universal Pictures)
This movie takes a few watches to grasp the subtle brilliance of Terry Gilliam. There is so much packed into each shot. I guess the best way to describe this is an experience more than a story. Visually stunning, thought provoking and totally discussable for a long time afterwards.
Gilliam's best film; a brilliantly imaginative vision brought to the screen by a master of the weird and disturbing. Its bureaucracy-dominated future hits close to home with satirical sharpness. Gilliam's main strength is in social comedy, wacky characters and dialogue, and the little visual details which lurk in the corner of every scene. The downfall is his predilection for loud and messy action sequences, which he is not that good at. Too long but never boring; a highly memorable experience.
Brazil is Gilliam at his big-budget scatterbrained best, a movie that features his strengths while also playing host to his weaknesses. Namely, when viewed as a collection of scenes, Brazil is brilliant. His penchant for visual design is front and center, with tight, claustrophobic spaces dominated by vast, unwieldy ducts is probably the most memorable part of the movie. As a coherent movie, however, it loses points for being, like all his work, scattered in plotting. Still damn good, though.