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Pi
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Directed By
Darren Aronofsky

Written By:
Darren Aronofsky, Sean Gullette

Cast:
Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart, Samia Shoaib, Ajay Naidu, Stephen Pearlman, Joanne Gordon, Lauren Fox, Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao, Espher Lao Nieves

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Pi (1998)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
December 16th, 2012

A PI-SIZED CONUNDRUM. IS ONE THE LONELIEST NUMBER?

Favorite Movie Quote: "Is loneliness and isolation the usual path chosen by genius? - or - Does the rest of society inadvertantly impose it upon them as if they were a freak of nature?"

Hmm.

Was Pi's story really so recklessly brilliant that it almost collided with stupidity? - or - Was its story such a farce that its brilliance was only that of pretense? I really can't seem to decide, either here nor there, on this matter.

You know, I find myself to be really riding the fence when it comes to this particular film, which, by the way, marked the promising directorial debut of Darren Aronofsky and was, amazingly enough, completed on a mere $60,000 budget.

If nothing else, this truly original, little, attention-getter (with its haunting soundtrack and bleached-out, 16 mm, b&w photography) certainly did take the horrors of paranoia to a whole new level of hellishness.

Like a story straight out of a Kafka-esque nightmare, Pi tells the decidedly weird tale of obsessed math genius, Max Cohen, who firmly believes that the orderliness of numbers may, in fact, enable him to conquer the stock market.

Living in a squalid Manhattan apartment, crammed with high-tech electronics, Max (who suffers from crippling migraines) soon finds himself being ruthlessly stalked by a shady brokerage firm, as well as a Jewish Kabbala sect who are intent on using Max's brilliant knowledge of numbers to unlock the secrets behind the ancient holy text.

At an 85 minute running time, this oddly fascinating study of madness certainly does deliver a substantial wallop that, being pretentious nonsense, or not, is sure to greatly please some viewers, while at the same time outrage many others.

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