Pi (1998)

Many of Darren Aronofsky’s films are unconventional and deal in little explored territories. He has directed films like Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan etc. and these films demonstrate the wide variety in his work. Pi was his first feature film. The film was a low-budget one as is evident from the black and white camerawork. However, the camerawork adds a lot to the perspective of the movie which shows the protagonist Max as a poor mathematician lacking in social skills doing research on the stock market. The shaky camerawork is one of the most appropriate I have seen (though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea). Some of the faster scenes are absolutely fantastic (e.g. the running scenes or the scenes where Max is hallucinating). The deductions based on number theory might not be overwhelming but they are enough to intrigue the casual viewer. Dialogues are minimal and the experimental music plays a very important role in the movie. Performance is commendable. The story is not suitable for all viewers and might even bore many due to the deliberate sloth induced into the movie. In addition, the hallucinations and some of the scenes towards the end are extremely disturbing. But if you are interested in the number theory or the subject matter of the movie (desperate scientific pursuits) it is definitely worth the time. My rating would be a 7.5+ out of 10.

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