π (Pi) by Darren Aronofsky

06Jan07

One word: Wow!

11:15, restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.

This is one movie I’ve heard so much about and trust me, it didn’t disappoint. Shot entirely on what I assume is a DV cam and entirely in black and white, this 1998 film by Aronofsky is the story of a genius’s fall into insanity.

Max Cohen is a brilliant but highly reclusive and paranoid mathematician who thinks that everything in the universe can be understood trhough numbers. He believes there exists a ‘pattern’ in Pi that can predict the stock market (which he says is an organism in itself) and later on is convinced by a set of Kaballistic jews that he may have uncovered the lost name of God (which incidentally has 216 Hebrew letters). With two sets of people behind him (Jews and a bi**h of a representative from Wall Street) with ulterior motives, Max tries to crack the code but is debilitated by headaches (we are left to assume this is a result of him staring at the sun when he was 6). I’ve read somewhere that these headaches are known as ‘Cluster Headaches’ and are known to induce the most pain known to man.

Most of the shots in this films are grainy close ups of the protagonist and it does a fine job of letting the viewer get a sneak peak into the turmoil of one man as he tries to uncover a pattern in the universe beacuse he refuses to believe that everything is chaotic (‘There is no order, only chaos’, says his mentor Sol).  Max Cohen’s paranoia is perfectly portrayed by Sean Gullette. Amazing!

The music by Clint Mansell is more of techno but it accentuates the fast cut editing perfectly. The editing is brilliant and the ‘pill-popping’ scenes are similar to the ones in Requiem for a Dream (by the same director) which is next on my list.

This is a fine example of no-budget movie making. Made on $60,000, it’s no surprise it made waves at various film fests all over when it was released.

8.5/10 Brilliant stuff!

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2 Responses to “π (Pi) by Darren Aronofsky”

  1. i’ve seen this movie … luved it … u got it on media ???

  2. yea…I have it on CD…will give it when we meet up !


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