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I May Destroy You
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The way poverty is dressed up feels uncomfortable, and along with ridiculous and overly taut situations always suggests that we're watching some kind of parody. Somehow KungFu movies take great delight in casting the most grotesque Caucasian actors. Apart from these unsurprising failings, the action is novel and entertaining, and doesn't get bogged down in the simplistic and unimportant narrative.
Pi is about the unseen, from the mystery of a number, an esoteric organisation, corporate mafia, seductive neighbour, patterns in the stock market, God, and the thoughts of Max himself. There's a throbbing, pulsing energy that carries masterfully through the entire movie, as if we were trapped inside a womb, destined never to see the light of day. Despite being a witness to the graphic trauma, I never felt abused as I did in Requiem for a Dream, which seemed to be more shock for shock's sake. In Pi, every cruelty is so meticulously self-imposed, that we can entirely empathise with the plight of Max's ultra-disciplined life without him once having to willingly expose his dignity. He carries the burdens of human salvation and the dissolution of inner city life on his shoulders, and we pity him.
Very limited in scope, the movie stays well within the boundaries of a single battle between Zulus and British. Too well for my liking. Besides the opening, we hardly get a change of scenary, and as another commented there's a failure to present any kind of historical context. I didn't get what the minister was on about. It's free from agenda pushing, but there's as little to captivate the mind.
This movie has very little going for it.
Great animation, but I was punished for thinking I could sit through a movie where half of all dialogue is screaming or shouting, and every character is driven half-mad by the human stereotypes they're trying to represent. You'd have to be a Pisces to see any 'Heart-felt emotion' in this one, but then, and not unpredictably, character development is always going to be difficult with fish.