Pi (1998)

Yell! Magazine Review:

Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, who was soon to hit it big with his adaptation of Herbert Selby Jr.’s book Requiem for a Dream, Pi is a black-and-white freak of a movie. Sean Gullette plays Max Cohen, a mathematical genius who is also a paranoia freak. His apartment, behind numerous locks, is a labyrinth of computer hardware all self-designed to help Max decipher the meaning of the universe. Max has developed astounding abilities in number theory through some type of damage to his brain caused by staring too long at the sun as a child. This causes extreme headaches and almost prophetic visions.

Thinking that mathematics is the universal language embedded in all things, and as such, can reveal the truth of existence, he begins a journey that garners the attention of two groups. Using the stock market and all it numbers as a catalyst to find the right number to unlock the secret, he is harassed by a group looking to profit monetarily by the patterns he is discovering. The second is a group of Hasidic rabbis fronted by a man named Lenny.

Both groups show that his paranoia is well founded. The Rabbis are looking for answers from the Torah that are based on mathematical theory and realize that Max may be doing this through his stock market research. A gripping and weird film not for those who like action, Pi is for the film buff who enjoys variety in their movie viewing.

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Year Released:
10 July 1998 (USA)
Darren Aronofsky
Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Samia Shoaib, Ajay Naidu, Lauren Fox
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller
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