(out of 5)

Clever but eventually numbing exercise in film as pure art, about a math genius who drives himself near to the point of insanity by endlessly crunching numbers on space-age abucae of his own design. A formula he comes up with eventually reveals a number long kept secret by a Hasidic sect in New York City, who now pursue our hero in order to rid themselves of the witness to this religious phenomenon. Darren Aronofsky’s direction is fast-paced and paranoia-inducing, but some of his artistic techniques (like the grainy black-and-white film) are too self-aware and tend to draw the viewer out of the action.

USA, 1998

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Story by Darren Aronofsky, , , Screenplay by Darren Aronofksy

Cinematography by 

Produced by Eric Watson

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Sundance 1998

Cast Tags: , , , ,, , , , , ,, ,, , , ,, , , ,, , ,, , ,

National Board Of Review Award
Special Recognition, for excellence in filmmaking

Independent Spirit Award
Best First Screenplay

Best First Feature
Best Cinematography

Sundance Film Festival Award
Directing Award, Dramatic (Darren Aronofsky)



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