Sunday, July 10, 2016

π (1998)

Live Film & Mediaworks Inc.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Artisan)

A mathematician who believes that everything can be explained through numbers attempts to apply his theories to the stock market. He builds a computer that takes up most of his drab New York City apartment. One day the computer spits out a 216 digit number. Although it first appears to be meaningless, a man he met at a cafe believes it holds the key to interpreting the Torah and might be the real name of God. His old professor also stumbled upon the same number while researching the number pi. Racked by headaches which he self-medicates with a variety of drugs, he suffers a mental breakdown. Audacious debut by Aronofsky shot in grainy black and white and a pounding techno soundtrack. Its lofty themes will leave you thinking, but not necessarily satisfied.

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