Did I completely miss something, or did they really not explain who was behind the terrorist bombings in the film 'Brazil'? At first it's suspected to be the female truck driver, but then it is revealed her deliveries were harmless. So what's the deal?

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    Er, the resistance 'terrorists'? Headed by Tuttle? (Though to be fair, that's never actually proven IIRC.)
    – Walt
    Commented Apr 13, 2016 at 21:45
  • @Walt "that's never actually proven" Good point. While watching the movie, I developed the theory it was actually part of the bureaucracy that was planting the bombs to create fear & thereby justify the control. But it was never really addressed. Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 2:24

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No answer is provided. They seem to be connected to the vaguely defined "terrorists", but we can't even be sure if the terrorists exist. Both Jill Layton and Harry Tuttle are likely considered to be terrorists by the government, but only because it's a convenient term. Neither are ever linked to anyone else who could be considered a terrorist, and in particular neither is ever linked to any bombings.

There might be an actual terrorist group of some kind, but the movie isn't about them. If they exist, they're part of the background of Sam Lowry's world. The bombings might also be staged by the government to justify their own actions, but again that's never explained. It's hard to believe that the government in the film would be competent enough to pull off such an operation.

In the context of the film, the most plausible explanation may be that there are no bombings, but that there are sometimes explosions due to poor maintenance, for example of gas lines. Considering the early line that 'they've gone back to metric without telling us", it wouldn't be surprising if things blew up sometimes due to the extreme bureaucratic incompetence on display in the film. Or consider the guys who show up to "fix" Sam's apartment-- if there are gas lines in Sam's building, how likely are they to treat them safely? The explosions could be blamed on "terrorists" as a convenient cover story.

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    +1 to this. We see numerous examples of horrendous engineering. It's far more likely that the "terrorists" are just mechanical failures.
    – user7812
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 6:39
  • Never thought of the bombings not being bombings before. But also never thought there were actual terrorists. They're undoubtedly the work of the State, either by design or incompetence. Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 14:17

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