OK, I thought this was an excellent movie. Having said that, where is the credit to Arthur Conan Doyle? When movies are based on the works of Shakespeare, such as modern day versions of Hamlet and Macbeth they always credit Shakespeares works. Compare Zero Effect to A Scandal in Bohemia.Compare the character Zero to Holmes: 1. both use drugs 2. both play a musical instrument 3. both apply astounding powers of observation to solve cases 4. both use disguises 5. both are loners who rely on their intermediaries (Watson/Arlo)In Zero Effect, Arlo deals with conflicts between his romantic life and Zero’s need of him to function. In A Scandal In Bohemia, Watson has recently married and Holmes and Waston must deal with the issue.The first line of A Scandal In Bohemia reads: “To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman.”Guess what, in the end Sherlock doesn’t get the girl and he admires her as his most capable adversary. I guess Doyle must have a copy of Zero Effect stashed away somewhere.Again, I will say I thought is was a fantastic movie. I’m not always a big fan of Pullman, but he was excellent in the role. If you are considering not watching this movie because you don’t like Ben Stiller, well don’t let that stop you. He takes his normal persona down a couple notches. Don’t expect to see any traces of Zoolander or Meet the Parents.
Zero Effect (1998) Movie Data
Zero Effect (1998) is Comedy Crime Drama Genres film which released in 1998. Zero Effect (1998) supported by Ryan O’Neal, Bill Pullman, and Ben Stiller. This movie has 1h 56min duration and rating around 7.0 star from 12,704 movie experts. Not bad.
Zero Effect (1998) Short Storyline
The world’s greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!
Actor Actress behind Zero Effect (1998) Movie
Bill Pullman,Ben Stiller,Ryan O’Neal
Director: Jake Kasdan
Writer: Jake Kasdan
Zero Effect (1998) PLOT STORY
Daryl Zero is a private investigator. Along with his assistant, Steve Arlo he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Though a master investigator, when he is not working, Zero doesn’t know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music, and drives Arlo crazy. In his latest case, Zero must find out who is blackmailing a rich executive, and when his client won’t tell him, why. The only problem with this case is Zero has done something he’s never done before: got emotionally involved.
Daryl Zero is an enigma. In his personal life, he is a paranoid, anti-social recluse whose sole interaction is with his business associate. In his professional life, he is the most famous and best private investigator in the world who can command any fee he desires. His anti-social behavior extends to his work, which means that all his transactions are conducted through his exasperated representative and sole field agent, former lawyer Steve Arlo, who often wonders if it is worth working for who he considers a total freak for the price of his sanity. Zero can often solve his cases from the comfort of his own home using his extraordinary powers of deduction – which he attributes to two associated “obs”: objectivity and observation – but when he is required to do field work, he always does so incognito, he convincingly assuming whatever role required. His latest client is Portland based timber baron Gregory Stark, who is being blackmailed ($700,000 which Stark has thus far paid out, with no end in sight to the payments), with the blackmailer also having stolen a key to Stark’s safety deposit box. Stark refuses to disclose the nature of the supposed dirt the blackmailer has on him, or the contents of the safety deposit box, which he states has no bearing on the case. Arlo believes Zero is required to go to Portland himself to work on this case. Zero quickly finds out who the blackmailer is – a paramedic named Gloria Sullivan – but wants to find out the reason for the blackmail before Arlo divulges the information to Stark. In the process of finding out the reason, which takes a little longer than usual just because he is finding it difficult to read Gloria’s motivations, Zero begins to lose one of his obs for the first time and brings into question if Stark or Gloria is the true victim. It also threatens to turn Zero into somewhat of a normal human being.
Daryl Zero is a private detective. His latest assignment is a blackmail case involving businessman Gregory Stark. Zero’s assistant, Steve Arlo is told little of the case by the client, but Zero sets up a sting operation to trap the blackmailer that leads him to Gloria Sullivan.
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