Terry Gilliam slams modern Hollywood

Director says he gave up on blockbusters after watching 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

Terry Gilliam has turned his back on Hollywood movies, he has revealed.

The acclaimed director and former Monty Python member said that the experience of watching Transformers: Dark Of The Moon had left him unable to sit through blockbusters any longer.

He told the Los Angeles Times:

You just sit here and watch the explosions. I couldn’t tell you what the movie was about. The movie just hammers the audience into submission. They are influenced by video games, but at least in video games you are immersed; in these movies you’re left out.

Gilliam continued: “In films, there’s so much overt fantasy now that I don’t watch a lot because everything is possible now. There’s no tension there. People can slide down the side of a building that’s falling and they don’t get ripped to shreds? These shots are amazing, but if there’s no consequence, no gravity what’s the point? I can’t watch Hollywood movies anymore. There’s no room for me.”

Saying that he prefers it when “people leave the cinema and feel like the world has been altered for them somewhat,” the director recounted an attorney who locked himself in a room for three days after watching his film Brazil and a woman who walked 20 blocks in the wrong direction after The Fisher King. Gilliam noted: “Movies used to do that to me, but they don’t do that to me anymore.”

You can watch the trailer for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon by clicking below.