ViteM.'s Rating of Life of Pi

Vite's Review of Life of Pi

4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
Life of Pi

Life of Pi(2012)

If Ang Lee's Life of Pi didn't try to hammer home its religious themes, I may have been more emotionally engaged in the film. Pi promises an author (and vicariously the audience) that he has "a story that will make you believe in God." I doubt that any agnostic and/or atheist will be converted by Life of Pi, but the film isn't without merit.

One day, people won't know the difference between what's real and what's CGI. This is a step in the right direction, but we're not quite there. For example, the movement of the animals is somewhat clunky and exaggerated. Surprisingly, the underwater shots are the most exhilarating. There's a scene early in the film where a man is swimming with the camera below him. The water is so clear that one cannot distinguish it with the sky above.

The story is similar to other survival films like Cast Away and this year's The Grey. All three have religious themes as well. Do the writers of these scripts and novels think that an atheist cannot survive in a similar situation? Is self-preservation only an attribute for those who believe in a god?