Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Sean Gullette as Maximillian Cohen
Mark Margolis as Sol Robeson
Ben Shenkman as Lenny Meyer
Written by Darren Aronofsky, Sean Gullette, and Eric
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Complete information is available from the
includes no extra language features that I noticed,
but it does have a
few commentary tracks, deleted scenes, and the like.
A man is obsessed with his search for finding an
underlying pattern in
anything he comes across.
The producers couldn’t afford more than 16mm black
and white film.
Rather than cutting some other corners, they used the
shoot the entire film in homage to the soviet montage
films of the
1920s, with extreme black and white contrasts and
fast editing. You
don’t need flashy effects to really shine.
Choosing the tight close-ups with the steadycam at
the end made it
impossible for me to follow what was happening for a
They needed to pull back, or use a steadier camera.
We’ve seen the brilliant recluse before, and on more
occasion. We haven’t seen one quite like this,
though, particularly one
with this solution to his troubles. I give the
out of 6.
The effects were few, and they were all
Still, they were convincing enough that I didn’t see
them coming the
first time around. (Check his arm after the first
tool actually leaves a round red mark where it was
used.) I give it 6
out of 6.
The story is interesting. It’s not terribly
the surface, but there is some depth that exposes
upon repeated viewings. (This viewing was the first
time I realized
that 216=6x6x6, for example.) Unfortunately, if you
don’t go looking
for the depth, there are large chunks that won’t make
a lot of
sense. I give it 4 out of 6.
The acting was passible enough. The parts
were well played,
but most had only one attitude to bring forth during
the film. I give
it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response is mostly interest in
rather than the characters, with a jolt at the
solution to the
problem. There’s little attachment to anyone in the
film. I give it 4
out of 6.
The production is exceptionally well done,
the available resources. Darren Aronofsky is a
director I’m keeping
my eyes out for. (Incidentally, he also directed
Requiem For A
Dream, which isn’t Bureau 42 material, but which
you should watch
anyway.) The Clint Mansell musical score is an
to the film, wrapping a frantic overture over a
basic melody. As I said above, the editing,
lighting, and production
design make excellent use of the available film
stock. I give it 6
out of 6.
Overall, it’s a decent movie from a purely
perspective, and an excellent movie from a more
perspective. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Pi receives 35 out of 42.
Additional Notes and Comments
It seems that the Batman: Year One project,
to be directed by
Aronofsky from a Frank Miller script based on
Miller’s graphic novel,
isn’t going to happen. The last time I heard,
Aronofsky and Miller
were refusing to budge on the R-rated level of
violence, and the WB
refused to make a Batman flick that wasn’t family
friendly. (I guess
they made an exception for Batman and Robin,
because it was
equally unfriendly to families and any other
moviegoers.) Chris Nolan’s Batman:
Intimidation is still in
the pipeline, and Liam Neeson has just joined Guy
Pearce in the cast.