Review of Brazil the Movie Essay

2024 Words9 Pages
Upon watching the movie Brazil for the first time, the first thought which comes to mind is ‘WHAT??’. However, once past the exterior of the movie, one is able to divine its true meanings. Written by Terry Gilliam, Charlie McKeown and Tom Stoppard, Brazil was a groundbreaking movie which brought to light many issues within society which were valid in 1985 and remain so today. This text is valued because of the issues it raises, such as technology, an unwieldy government and consumerism, which are timeless issues. Brazil is based around a futuristic bureaucracy, where everything and everyone is property, there is little or no communication, and with the right forms, you can legally do whatever you want. This movie shows the flaws of such a…show more content…
Central Services is the section of the bureaucracy which is responsible for looking after the machines within the city. But, according to Harry Tuttle, a rogue repairman on the run from the law, CS is almost as inept as the machines that they are trying to maintain, and the paperwork prevents them from being able to do their job efficiently, because as Harry says, ‘look, this old system of yours could be on fire and I couldn’t even turn on the tap without a 27B-6… bloody paperwork.’ This is a perfect example of how a bureaucracy that is extremely organized does not equal a system that is efficient. We can see the effect of all the machines upon Lowry’s life in his dreams, where he is constantly beset by a gigantic robot samurai which represents, among other things, the living entity that the machines have become. This is also shown when Tuttle takes off the wall panel in Sam’s apartment and its sounds as though the machines are breathing. Everyone relies on technology to do basically everything, but when something becomes so large and all encompassing, it is bound to start making mistakes. This is the catalyst for the entire movie, because one machine types a ‘B’ instead of a ‘T’, causing the wrong man to be sent to ’Information Retrieval’ which is bureaucratic speak for torture. The use of the overwhelming and faulty technology in this film reminds us to not allow machines to take over our lives, in today's increasingly mechanical
Open Document