Meh, I didn't enjoy this film so much. It had a cool, late-90's vibe to it, with the black&white style, the trance/dance music, tech madness... However the plot seemed too weird, with the 'trivia' about math just being dumped throughout the film... The whole 'sequence of numbers' thing was such an abstract idea. You didn't really know what it was, what was it for. Perhaps it was just too experimental for me.
A lame ass whining stifling self-pitithon from Darren Aronofsky. Serious to the point of solemnity, I found myself giggling more often than not, and it occurred to me that there's an idea for an entertaining headtrip comedy here, but entertaining and comedy aren't in Aronofsky's vocabulary.
I remember that the first time I watched pi I was incredibly hungover and it was actually physcially painful to watch it. But don't be scared by this, as it is just an indication of how atmospheric and powerful this movie is. This is without a doubt my favourite Aronofsky, so clever, thoughtinducing and, given that it is filmed in such closed spheres, so rapid and intense.
In overall bleak picture, it manages to shine somewhere between mathematics and numerology, between visions and a headache, between spirituality and science to conclude it with the basics of crossroads between life and death. And it's all done through a spiral, numerical nightmare in the edition of independent cinema aesthetics and paranoid fiction, which leads as to Aronofsky's greatest accomplishment.
Obsession is the subject of many films for a reason. That reason being that artistic drive is often very obsessive desire for perfection. And obtaining perfection is arguably an impossible task. That doesn't stop the obsessed with trying however, and in this film is does drive the person in question insane. Frantic and fearful, as well as engrossing and mysterious.