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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…
It's as if Jewish versions of Fight Club and Eraserhead fucked on meth and then birthed this migraine inducing film.
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!
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…
''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…
If you imagine the surreal style of David Lynch's Eraserhead mixed with the intense vision sequences of Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder with a side helping of body horror, you've got Darren Aronofsky's feature debut; Pi.
The story plays out in ultra grainy, high contrast black and white and deals with a wide range of themes; obsession, mathematics, eternal recurrence, religion, human nature. There's even subtle references to the philosophies of René Descartes and John Searle.
There is such a diverse range of characters in this film but most of them are reflections of the main character Max. They are all searching for the same thing but for different purposes, all of them entirely selfish.
There's a lot going on here and it's a strong debut, possibly one of the strongest Aronofsky film I've seen yet. I think this will be one to revisit sometime.
I first watched this thanks to a video - remember them? - lent by Terry Clague, and have always remembered it fondly. I re-watched because it exactly fitted the time I had available and to satisfy some curiosity about a couple of things (and yes some characters do play the ancient Eastern game of Go, recently mastered by artificial intelligence).
Its a cracking first feature, full of vigour and ambition nd very brightly lit shouty black and white and claustrophobic New York subway interiors. And nods to Lynch and Cronenberg and Bunuel.
You can see Aronofsky's traits and styles in their infancy all over Pi. It's unnerving, unsettling and intriguing whilst being less accessible as some of his later movies. Took a while to get going but really picked up in the last third 👍
I really miss super low budget NY indies shot on high contrast black and white.
And with that fucking score!
90s fuck me up.
Aronofsky's first film. Made mostly from family and friend's donations, is thought provoking and tells a message about obsession.
Had me hooked from the beginning and kept progressing with further and further layers of intrigue. The acting is spot-on (as is the cinematography and directing) and the questions that are raised and the 'big' themes that the audience are presented with (order/chaos/understanding/genius) were an unexpected bonus. This is now my favourite Aronofsky film.
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"When your mind becomes obsessed with anything you filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere"
Those headaches look and sound painful. Sexy bald man. The sound editing was loosely based on The Velvet Underground & Nico. The moving shots fill my eyes with distressful ecstasy. Anxiety for an endless and complex paradox. ONE PATTERN. You DID that, Aronofsky!
What does David Lynch think about this?
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