January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Well…this might be a little hard. Max is a math whiz. He can do any equation or problem within seconds in his mind. His apartment looks like an office in Brazil. Max is trying to crack the code behind the stock market, and is getting very close. That information, and Max’s skills, are very valuable, and many people want to be the first to find out. A Wall Street group terrorizes Max, and even threatens to kill him if he does not reveal the secrets. A sect of Kaballahs want Max’s mind to focus on decoding their ancient texts and readings. Everyone wants Max, but Max just wants to get rid of his headache.

The movie is a one of a kind. Nothing else out there touches on the tone, style, and ideas of Pi. The movie is shot in grainy black and white, and moves in and out of reality, along with Max. This gives us the chance to see and feel what Max does, and helps us to understand better why he does what he does. The movie tells a story, and tells it in an easy to understand manner, but something about it just seems off-kilter. The editing is unreal, with seamless cuts and millisecond segments flashing about. Max is a very unique character, with his dips in and out of reality and his insufferable headaches. But Max is in control, even when ants are crawling on his brain. (You gotta see the movie!)

All in all, this movie should be seen at least once, just to see it. It’s done in a way no other film has been done, and deserves a watch once. If you like sci/fi (not space ship sci/fi though), suspense, and adventure (kinda), then Pi is a multi-viewing movie. If you like it, you’ll find yourself seeing something new each time you watch, and that’s a cool thing in a movie. If you’re thrown off easily, or fast cuts make you queasy, stay away. But if you like breakthrough, imaginative cinema, the perfect equation for you is Pi.

Video: How does it look?

Beautiful visuals. Yeah, it’s grainy, but it’s supposed to be. The images are always clean and crisp, and no unintended grain or artifacts pop up. The video print is terrible, so I am glad they cleaned it up for us DVD folk.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is superb. There are background sounds pivotal to the plot-line, and they come through clear, helping the movie deliver it’s intended message. Music is rare, but when it does appear, the dialogue seperates well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You name it. Two commentaries, one by director Darren Aronofsky, one by actor Sean Gullette. These really help bring into focus what Pi is all about, even to those who watch it religiously. A behind the scenes montage, deleted scenes, music video (AWESOME!), theatrical trailers, cast/crew bios, and prodcution notes are also included. And no, this is not labeled a special edition. Wow…Artisan, you kick ars. That was my William Wallace impersonation. Sad, huh?

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