Pi (1998)

(On VHS, September 2000) This goes straight in the “quirky indie film” category at first glance, what with is starkly supersaturated black-and-white cinematography, its abuse of repetitive sequences, self-supported cameras, flashy direction and pretentious narration. Nevertheless, there’s some depth to the film, and it takes chances. As a first-time feature, it show promise for its director Darren Aronofsky. Viewers with some scientific and technical literacy will quickly see through the film’s techno-babble. The ending is somewhat disappointing, but fits the overall film quite well. Worth a look if you’re in that type of experimental film, but definitely not a crowd-pleaser.

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