An impressive debut about a man's decent into mathematical madness, even someone who hate math can love this film. It is filmed in glorious 16mm black and white photography with hypnotic electronica music that draws me in. Excellent frenetic editing and use of camera and great comments about religion and nature itself and about finding order in chaos. But having Pi wrong in the opening title is unforgivable.
Disturbing math class. My rating is exactly 3,14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679 82148 08651 32823 06647 09384 46095 50582 23172 53594 08128 48111 74502 84102 70193 85211 05559 64462 29489 54930 38196 44288 10975 66593 34461 28475 64823 37867 83165 27120 19091 45648 56692 34603 48610 45432 66482 13393 60726 02491 41273.
Interesting approach for the cinematography, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. The obsessive search for knowledge and comprehension and its struggles was, indeed, fully performed by the actor and the work of the director, but there's something difficult to believe in its plot line.
First saw this in my early/mid teens. Having grown up so far on a diet of films like Star Wars, Home Alone, etc, this was the first "artsy" film I ever saw. Suffice it to say that it blew my fucking head wide open. And for that I'll be forever grateful (hence the 5 stars). Couldn't tell you clearly what the story was though, gonna get the DVD so I can see if my understanding is any better these days.
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 his passion is the flame of the subconscious that ignites his world view. This is as neurotic as it should be and at the same time it leaves messages for us to understand through our life. Personal ambitions should not take ourselves to chaos even though it appears to be so. The things we reject we hope they're could be ours but our mind doesn't rest till we fulfill ourselves in our personal journey.