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There will be no order, only chaos
The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.
Darren Aronofsky's feature film debut presents the now reputed auteur experimenting with various aspects of filmmaking to carve out his own distinct identity & contains all the elements that are now well associated with his works, be it the theme of obsession, biblical motifs, inventive use of camera angles, heavy use of montages, isolated characters or surreal structure.
Pi (π) tells the story of Max; a brilliant mathematician, who believes there are patterns everywhere in universe & tries to find the same in stock markets to determine its rise n fall on the basis of his calculations. But his increasing obsession with numbers ultimately results in his self-destruction when he's driven to the brink of madness by the people who are after…
"When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere."
Darren Aronofsky's first feature film, Pi, was a unique and experimental movie that cemented his status as an auteur director. Even in his latest big budget film, Noah, his unique and creative voice shined through. Just like his characters, Aronofsky seems obsessed with discovering what drives them. His films are a psychological character study in which he delves deep into their minds in order to try to discover what leads them to their self destructive behavior. In the surface, Pi may sound like a boring film dealing with math and numbers, but Aronofsky sucks you in from the beginning with his very…
A claustrophobic, paranoid migraine of a movie. Pi's an impressive debut for Aronofsky who makes an odd premise strangely compelling. The limited budget works in its favour and the lead is convincingly committed. If the run time had been longer I may have become agitated with the constant kinetic visuals/overbearing sound but on the whole I found Pi to be an interesting, if confusing little oddity of a watch.
You have to hand it to Aronofsky, the man has a talent for making fascinating films about subjects that generally bore me: maths, heroin, Rachel Weisz, wrestling, ballet and the bible. Bravo!
''11:15, restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.''
Darren Aronofsky's bold and striking debut is one I had not visited in many moons. It's a film with a pulse, a film with a vision, a film with a mission, and that was to call out a brave new modern Auteur with much to offer. He has since this debut delivered another four masterworks that while all different from each other, reflect his unique voice.
Maximillian Cohen is a mathematical genius who believes he can unlock the secrets of existence by determining…
I'm going to stop watching these 'mind-bending' science-y maths-y films because they never do anything for me.
It's not because I don't understand them or anything. I get the general gist behind Pi and what it's trying to say. I just don't find it very interesting at all. Watching some brainbox go slowly mental over the course of an hour and twenty minutes trying to figure out some numbers isn't really, to quote Charlton Heston in True Lies, going to blow my skirt up.
Throw in some shitty techno music, irritating and headache inducing shaky camera shots, and some questionable acting and Pi bordered on annoying as well. The music…
Aronofsky's award-winning first full-length feature takes us deep into the mind of a pill-popping, paranoid mathematical genius, Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette), who is searching for a number pattern that can explain and predict stock market fluctuations. His work is coveted not only by greedy corporate interests but also by religious scholars, who believe the pattern may be the key to the lost Hebrew name of God.
I especially enjoyed the scenes of playing I-go with professor Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), the only person Max trusts enough to confide in. But Max's hallucinatory spiral into madness doesn't allow him to linger very long in the "normal" world. He is made blind by his obsession, just as he was temporarily blinded as…
La atmósfera de la película está muy conseguida, con esa fotografía en blanco y negro, muy saturada, y un montaje claustrofóbico y paranoide. Tiene una historia interesante (matemáticas, misticismo, Dios, conspiraciones...), aunque me molesta que realmente no profundice en las matemáticas, solo sondea la superficie, las partes más conocidas de estas, te pone unas cuantas fórmulas básicas y de repente encuentras a Dios.
No puedo ignorar que se basa en el efectismo de su atmósfera para parecer más de lo que es, y que el uso exagerado de esos recursos la vuelve ligeramente presuntuosa (oh no,la palabra prohibida), pero el caso es que me ha gustado bastante. Recomendada, la volveré a ver.
Pi is a shocking, obsessive portrayal of a mathematicians quest for truth in spite of the indifference and somewhat pathetic lives of those around him. This film is the definition of interesting, of dizzy and of crazy all in one.
Max keeps telling us that when he was six years old he dared to look directly at the sun, resulting blind for a period of time. Apparently, he needs to look again, but this time by means of a kind of paranoiac-religious code his computer gave out before dying. He's not the only one after the code, however, and the film begins to ascend at a head splitting velocity as Wall Street magnates and a practicing Jewish community seek Max…
Very stylish and surreal. Wonderful camera techniques that would be a sign of things to come from Aronofsky/Libatique. Put off watching this for a while now, wish I hadn't it really is a great debut film.
Aronofsky up to his usual trick of obscuring all his talent with a deeply felt need to be seen as the stupendously cool, smart, edgy person he truly knows he is, in his heart.
Horrific. Whether you take that as a stroke of brilliance or pure insanity is, of course, up to you. Even at that mercifully brief runtime, it's too long, too ugly, and too unsatisfying to be worth the toll on your faculties. Not at all indicative of the films that followed or the straight-up fantastic work we'd see from Mansell. I suppose you can tell I'm in the "hate it" camp, but you may well love it - just don't say I didn't warn you about the brain trauma you're in for.
Not what I expected the first Aronofsky to be like. The gritty b&w and brain-poking reminded me of Eraserhead, but I think this has more in common with Tetsuo: The Iron Man though easier to digest. Also made explicit the body horror theme that I didn't notice in his other films until now.
Haunting, complex, and occasionally hammy, Darren Aronofsky's debut feature film is pretty impressive.
i was too high for this
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