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Pi (1998)

Director:
Darren Aronofsky
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Science Fiction
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Pi
RUNNING TIME
84 minutes
Producer:
Eric Watson
Screenwriter:
Darren Aronofsky


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Max Cohen Sean Gullette
Sol Robeson Mark Margolis
Lenny Meyer Ben Shenkman
Marcy Dawson Pamela Hart
Rabbi Cohen Stephen Pearlman

 

Review

First-timer Darren Aronofsky presents a profound and genuine interest in numbers in this offbeat and seclusive film. Made on a shoestring budget, Aronofsky's objective wasn't to replicate formulaic box-office hits, but rather to fascinate film fanatics and critics. He succeeded, largely due to a well-balanced symbiosis between science and mysticism. Add to that an expressive filmatic style (used effectively to portray Max's paranoia) which is a clear predecessor to Aronofsky's signature film Requiem For a Dream. As often is with stories which try to be as clever and existential as this, Aronofsky's script cannot quite live up to the standards which the film sets for it, but Pi does remain interesting throughout - both for mind and soul. Aronofsky-favourite Mark Margolis is the film's stand-out performer in the role as Max's mentor.

 

Copyright 8.10.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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