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π (1998) – His Review September 10, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller.
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Bye bye, miss American Pi

Dir. Darren Aronofsky

Starring Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman etc.

A guerilla mathematician (not really, but I thought the concept was cool) goes deeper and deeper into psychosis as he struggles with finding the ultimate question, and the answer to it.

Well, that’s the bottom-line of Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi” anyway, but quite simplified. Math-mad Max (Gullette) starts out fairly sane, as he tries to find a pattern in the global stock market using a homemade super computer. After his computer crashes during one of his scheduled calculations things get weirder. Max finds odd coincidences not only between life and math, but between his own past and present.

For those of you who enjoy the TV-show Numb3rs, it should come as no surprise that math and science can be a trigger for storytelling. Another comparison would be Discovery Channel documentaries, that often succeed in making a heavy topic accessible. Pi takes it one step further, and actually manages to make the topic scary as heck. The grainy black-and-white photography, the repetitive voice-over, and the excellent dark electronic music score all combine to make you experience Max’s journey for yourself. It works so well even after a second viewing, that I began to see spooky patterns in the google-search I did for how to write “π”. And wouldn’t you know it – seconds later the browser crashed.

Coincidence? I think not.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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