Pi

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Released 1998

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Director:
Darren Aronofsky
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Pi is a 1998 thriller about a brilliant mathematician who discovers a dangerous piece of knowledge. Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) is obsessed with finding numerical patterns in everyday aspects of life. He has developed a computer named Euclid, which processes information and tries to find data that is statistically significant. Max's latest interest is determining what numerical patterns exist within the stock market. One evening while working on this project, Euclid suddenly spits out a random 216-digit number as well as a prediction for a stock. Max dismisses the stock pick, though, because it seems alarmingly low. The next morning, however, he learns that the stock pick is exactly correct. Thinking he is on to something important, Max consults his mentor, Sol (Mark Margolis), who has some recollection about finding a similar 216-digit number many years ago. Sol warns him about it, but Max is too obsessed to stop. Slowly, Sol's prediction comes true as Max's world begins to collapse in a heap of paranoia, delusions and actual danger.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It is a brilliant intellectual adventure that fans of bold independent filmmaking will want to experience, even though the ending is something of a letdown.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As smart as it is, Pi is awfully hard to watch. Filmed with hand-held cameras in splotchy black-and-white and crudely edited, it has the style and attitude of a no-budget midnight ...

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    The film's imaginative, diverse images create a mind's-eye urban claustrophobia; such intensity may exhaust over 85 minutes' course, but it's never less than impressive.

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