Pi

1998, Drama, 1h 25m

58 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Dramatically gripping and frighteningly smart, this Lynchian thriller does wonders with its unlikely subject and shoestring budget. Read critic reviews

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Numbers whiz Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) is stunted by psychological delusions of paranoia and debilitating headaches. He lives in a messy Chinatown apartment, where he tinkers with equations and his homemade, super-advanced computer. One day, however, Cohen encounters a mysterious number. Soon after reporting his discovery to his mentor (Mark Margolis) and to a religious friend (Ben Shenkman), he finds himself the target of ill-intentioned Wall Street agents bent on using the number for profit.

Cast & Crew

Sean Gullette
Maximillian Cohen
Mark Margolis
Sol Robeson
Ben Shenkman
Lenny Meyer
Pamela Hart
Marcy Dawson
Lauren Fox
Jenny Robeson
Randy Simon
Executive Producer
Tyler Brodie
Co-Executive Producer
David Godbout
Co-Executive Producer
Jonah Smith
Co-Executive Producer
Clint Mansell
Original Music
Matthew Libatique
Cinematographer
Oren Sarch
Film Editor
Matthew Maraffi
Production Designer
Henri Falconi
Second Assistant Director
Lora Zuckerman
First Assistant Director
Brian Emrich
Sound Designer
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Critic Reviews for Pi

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  • Mar 09, 2019
    10/03/2019
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2014
    This cautionary parable brings up the age-old question of whether our drive for power through deeper knowledge of the natural world will also carry us to our personal or possibly collective annihilation. It reminds me of the revelation that it's not our fear of failure that prevents us from trying something, but rather our fear of success. What happens when our capabilities accelerate faster than we can understand them? We find out one possibility as we follow a man haunted with an obsession to discover the core numerical pattern behind all things and behaviors in the universe.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2013
    It is a highly disturbing and bizarre film, yet despite its dizzying--and somewhat unnerving, off-putting tone--it is brilliantly and artistically constructed. Darren Aronofsky is able to bring to life a unique, engaging story while using elements of legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's best films. Pi is able to achieve what many other so-called "psychological thrillers" are not capable of due to its fantastic cinematography--which creates an appropriately suffocating environment--and its ingenious film editing.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2013
    Pi is arguably the most bizarre independent first feature from one of the most acclaimed directors of our time (Darren Aronofsky). It's also sometimes frustrating to watch but very chilling thanks to memorable sound effects and weird cinematography. There is no denying that it's a smart movie, and also frighting since we have to hear Sean Gullette scream in pain for becoming mad and obsessed. What makes it more effecting is how it sounds from the camera. The music is what I like most of this movie, the score was fantastic. There are certain scenes in which it becomes extremely disturbing and Pi gives you an anxiety so big that it makes you feel scared. The movie is 1 hr. and 25 min. and it feels like 40 more minutes have been added to the movie. It's shaky camera is annoying and it's sometimes uncomfortable to watch. You kind of get exhausted from it. Pi is smart, its disturbing, its bizarre, weird, slow, chilling and not so confusing, but it's not for everyone.
    Angel G Super Reviewer

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