The origin of a filmmaker is often traced back to his/her first movie. Darren Aronofsky first came onto the scene with Pi, a psychological thriller focused on the role of math in nature and human existence. The focus of the film is Max who suffers an obsession with numbers, his savant like focus on the numbers has caused him life long pain and he seeks to escape his unending need to solve the problems. A lot of Aronofsky’s later themes pop up in this film, most notably his conflict with God. This film takes the numerology of the Torah, a real thing, and brings it to the attention of Max whose obsession with the mysteries of math is expounded as he searches for God’s answers in a 216-digit number.
Dark and reminiscent of Aronofsky’s later work, worth a one-time view.
Not his finest, but certainly not his worst, this one gets…
3 out of 5