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Maximilian Cohen (Sean Gullette) is on the verge of the most important discovery of his life. For the past ten years, he has been attempting to decode the numerical pattern beneath the ultimate system of ordered chaos - the stock market. As Max verges on a solution, chaos is swallowing the world around him. Pursued by an aggressive Wall Street firm set on financial domination and a Kaballah sect intent on unlocking the secrets behind their ancient holy texts, Max races to crack the code, hoping to defy the madness that looms before him. Instead, he uncovers a secret for which everyone is willing to kill.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 52
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Aronofsky, who has parlayed this movie's Sundance success into two Hollywood deals, is that rare indie filmmaker who doesn't want to make hip romantic sitcoms. He's a genuine experimenter with a spooky visual style.
Fresh: It's remarkable to what extent Aronofsky has rendered the cerebral kinetically intense. The film's imaginative, diverse images create a mind's-eye urban claustrophobia.
Fresh: The movie's low-budget look neatly matches the claustrophobia of Max's life, but the filmmakers have also devised some special shooting methods for certain scenes. These sequences -- breathless and jangly chases, for the most part -- look terrific.
Fresh: It all leads to a very strange place, and I'm particularly impressed with the economical means, both financially and artistically, by which Aronofsky gets there.
This movie is about a guy who is looking for a pattern in the stock market. he thinks that the solution to this problem is in Pi, and that he has found true Pi, which is actually a derivative of the Fibonacci sequence and Pi. Somehow others find out this and are determined to get this number by any means necessary. Some are hunting for the answer to the stock market for financial gain, and power. Others want it to reveal religious prophecies. All the while He is slowly going crazy and developing severe headaches and hallucinations. His only friend is an older mathematician who seems to know something about it, but refuses to say and urges him to stop wasting his time. this is a fantastic movie. it will make you think about it for a long time afterwards. This movie is in black and white, so if that bothers you then dont watch it. This movie might make you want to learn more about math.
It's not an "edge of your seat" kinda movie ...
If you're expecting a polished cinematic movie look elsewhere. I've been reading about Pi, Phi, Golden Ratio, etc. lately and thought this movie would be interesting. Admittedly, I enjoy nerdy books and movies and enjoy mental challenges. Unfortunately, I just didn't have the patience for this movie. It's one of those films that spends an enormous amount of time on trivialities. Often I believe movies have too much material that producers have to cut certain parts out to make it tolerable for the busy public. In this case, I don't think there was enough significant material to consider so producers over emphasized the trivialities. An exhorbitant amount of time is spent on artsy-crap that makes the movie longer, but doesn't strengthen the plot. Even the trailer made the film look better than it was. Films are extremely subjective ... No offense to the directors - it's better than anything I could produce. Then again, I haven't devoted my life to movie-making. Others may love it, but it didn't hit the mark for me.
Captivating and Thought Provoking
The fascinating aspect of Arofonosky's breakout film is that if one were to read a summary of the movie's plot, it would seem to stick to a familiar thriller template; in reality, however, once viewing of the film will dispell any thoughts of unoriginality or cliche, as the movie goes far beyond to deeper themes and a larger significance than the normal conception of a "thriller" (the reason why I disapprove of placing that label on the film: it puts a bad perspective on the movie, as if it were just another hollywood action-though interestingly filmed-and distracts one from the movie's more intriguing elements). The cinematography, first off, is fantastic, effectively using the black and white film to highlight the heavy dark and light motif prevalent throughout the piece (from shots of cream against coffee, to an emphasis on the game of Go whose pieces are black and white circles); the obvious low budget atmosphere coupled with the monochrome combine to give an eerie, off-kilter, unfocused feel that keeps the audience feeling slightly unhinged (like the main character). As we make our way through the storyline, the main character begins to fall apart piece by piece as the film devolves from a state of slowly degenerating regularity into truly bizarre hallucinations and wild imagery, until you're unsure what's real and what isn't (relating back to another main theme of order, chaos and their curious connection with each other). In other words, this movie goes light-years beyond what's in the plot, and requires a few viewings and a far larger writing space than iTunes allows to take in and describe all this film has to offer.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 1998
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