Pi (1998)

DARREN ARONOFSKY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Harvest Filmworks, Truth and Soul Pictures, Plantain Films.  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 .  

Sean Gullette in Pi.

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.

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