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  • Actors: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart, Stephen Pearlman
  • Directors: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writers: Sean Gullette, Darren Aronofsky, Eric Watson
  • Producers: David Godbout, Eric Watson, Jonah Smith, Katie King
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: July 1 2001
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078401213X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,038 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Gullette/Shenkman ~ Pi

Patterns exist everywhere: in nature, in science, in religion, in business. Max Cohen (played hauntingly by Sean Gullette) is a mathematician searching for these patterns in everything. Yet, he's not the only one, and everyone from Wall Street investors, looking to break the market, to Hasidic Jews, searching for the 216-digit number that reveals the true name of God, are trying to get their hands on Max. This dark, low-budget film was shot in black and white by director Darren Aronofsky. With eerie music, voice-overs, and overt symbolism enhancing the somber mood, Aronofsky has created a disturbing look at the world. Max is deeply paranoid, holed up in his apartment with his computer Euclid, obsessively studying chaos theory. Blinding headaches and hallucinogenic visions only feed his paranoia as he attempts to remain aloof from the world, venturing out only to meet his mentor, Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), who for some mysterious reason feels Max should take a break from his research. This movie is complex--occasionally too complex--but the psychological drama and the loose sci-fi elements make this a worthwhile, albeit consuming, watch. Pi won the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4 2004
Format: DVD
I watched the movie after several people urged me to watch it. They must have thought that since I am into Math and even number theory myself I would enjoy it. The opposite is true. The bombardment of pseudo-mathematical lingo and random High-School-level math tidbits is agonizing if you have any knowledge of higher Mathematics. Paul Erdos (one of the greatest number theorists ever) is turning in his grave after this movie. So, if some people with negative reviews state that you shouldn't watch it unless you are a Math geek they are wrong. Don't watch it if you *do* like Math.
In addition, the movie feels agonizingly long, though it's just over 80 minutes long. The reason is that over long periods the movie is incredibly slow, interrupted by regular acute pain attacks of the main character Max. I was so bored, I was thinking to myself "Must be time for the next migraine attack."
I actually hope that the true interpretation of the movie is that everything was just pure imagination, a hallucination created by a tumor in Max' brain. A little bit like John Nash's futile search for patterns in chaotic systems in the movie "A beautiful mind" that was made a couple of years later. The parallels between the two movies are plentiful: John Nash and Max Cohen are both mathematicians and think they are being chased by powerful enemies (secret service vs. powerful Wall Street firm). When Max marks numbers with a pencil and connects the marks to find geometric patterns it looks exactly like John Nash trying to find patterns in newspaper articles.
Admittedly, this is contrary to the interpretation of a lot of other people who want to see a deeper meaning in this movie, but unfortunately it is the only way to reconcile this pseudo-scientific babble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on April 28 2004
Format: DVD
In other words, I dig the hell out of this one, kiddies.
What's not to like? The director gave it a futuristic feel by using the hand held camera with B&W film. Sometimes it looked like a Super 8. There's that Mad Scientist Computer like something outta HR Giger's 'idea book' in the hero's apartment--which, by the way, has at least 4 boltlocks on the door. The Computer gets attacked by real bugs leaving a mucously slime recalling what the Alien designed by HR Giger leaves behind.
This is a wild one, my friends.
The music utilized included the Massive Attack's now ubiquitous masterwork "Angel".(Note to Readers: Pick up Mezzanine by the Massive. It is a masterpiece.) It has a mathematician going into meltdown just like the Hollywood story "A Beautiful Mind" (Is it coincidence that the game Go is featured in each?). And it has the infamous quick sequence of our hero popping the pills ala "All That Jazz", ie,--"It's Show Time".
Starting out intensively dark and creepy, the cinema spirals into a more hallucinogenic, paranoic thing as the protagonist searches for a way to predict what will happen in the stock market via math--Numbers Theory, Chaos Theory, Fractals, God knows what. (A real life mathematician long ago had determined that the stock market is more random as in random Brownian Motion, by the by, using something closer to probability formulae--but, I digress) When he gets close to knowing that code--he's seen the number, he's printed the number and tossed it in the city park trash, he even has this 216 digit number in his subconscienceness--a group of Hassidic Jews who turn out to be a bit Mafia like and contrastly a group from an unnamed Corporation shows up.
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 26 2013
Format: DVD
785398 (usually .7854) is what is used by engineers to find such things as area of a circle; multiply the square of the diameter or the volume of a cylinder. It was found in the original Egyptian calculations the Greeks barrowed. It is also used to convert degrees to radians. O.K. enough of this.

This is a very noisy film. Some of the music you will recognize. At least it the background notice does not overwhelm the little dialog there is. The film was shot in black and white which actual adds another worldly detention to the story.

The movie that tells the tale of Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette) a person obsessed with math or numbers and attempts to anticipate the stock market. Others encourage him. He has a friend Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis) who tries to discourage him. Eventually he is used to reveal the name of God. Poor Max what will become of him?

If you are interested in the story that Sol tells about Archimedes and his `Eureka!" moment then you will be interested in a real one in the book and documentary of " The Narnia Code."
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Since I just recently reviewed director Darren Aronofsky's sophomore effort, I figured I might as well review this one too.
I like it a lot myself, but it won't be for all tastes (even for all who like _Requiem for a Dream_). It's bizarre in all the right ways, but if you don't like things a little surreal, you won't care for this film.
The setup is simple enough: Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) is looking for 'patterns in pi' -- the famous transcendental number that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and that (like Euler's number e) keeps cropping up all over the place in mathematical investigations of pretty much everything. Max is convinced that if he could grok that pattern (and through it, the underlying pattern of all of nature), he'd be able e.g. to predict the ups and downs of stock prices.
Is he a 'mathematician'? Hardly. We do see some evidence that he's a lightning calculator, but -- despite some brief references to actual mathematics here and there -- Max's own 'investigations' look like the same sort of nonsense long perpetrated by pseudomathematical cranks. He's also subject to really nasty migraines that send him careening into hallucination. And yet -- his mentor Sol (Mark Margolis) suggests that at one time Max _was_ a promising and even brilliant mathematician, and at one point Max's stock market predictions appear to be uncannily accurate.
Overall, though, Sol is on the mark when he implies that Max has gone in for numerology. Somebody else thinks so too, and regards that as a good thing: Lenny Meyer (Ben Shenkman), a Hasidic Jew who is investigating number patterns in the Torah in order to discern the Name of God.
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