Monday, December 21, 2009

Movie recommendation: Pi (1998)

Pi is a "psychological thriller" from beginning to end. Directed by Darren Aronofsky and released in 1998, the movie is about a man named Max who is both gifted and cursed.

After looking into the sun for too long when he was a child, Max was stricken with temporary blindness and consistent migraine headaches. Since the accident he has had an extraordinary ability with numbers, especially detecting patterns in them. He is convinced that everything - even nature or the stock market - is numerical and works in a pattern.

With the help of his aptitude for math, Max finds a dark secret that is coveted by many. His headaches continue and become more and more painful.

The movie draws many parallels to Requiem for a Dream, which is also an Aronofsky production. Many of the same actors and camera techniques are in both films. Although Pi is a little harder to understand than Requiem, it keeps the viewer captivated from beginning to end and is a haunting depiction of mental disorders, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and the life of a math savant.

The soundtrack is also exceptional. Here's a look at the trailer:

1 comment:

Q said...

I saw this movie my Junior year in HS. Our Algebra II teacher showed it to us . . . good movie. I actually have it on DVD.