Wednesday, March 14, 2012


π is director Darren Aronofsky's first feature film.  Along with co-writer and star of the film, Sean Gullette, Aronofsky begins a path of obsession and compulsion.  The search is for perfection.  As in "Black Swan," Aronofsky's characters are driven mad by the pursuit to be more than the sum of their parts.  Unlike "Requiem for A Dream," his next film after π, where the characters are fighting forces within themselves, Pi's main character Max, is fighting against the forces of the corporate world and the forces of the religious world.  Max (Sean Gullette), is obsessed with finding a pattern to the stock market. His goal is neither wealth or fame, but an understanding of the universe through numbers. Obsessive compulsive, and on the verge of a psychotic breakdown, Max's search perfection takes him places not only in his mind, but also in his life where he never wanted to go. This gift of his, to see the world as numerical sets of data, is also a curse. Max's curse hounds him all through the film as he eventually realizes that his hunt for perfection has brought him to the very source of perfection -- the name of God.


Like π (Pi) is irrational number, meaning it never ends, and will never repeat.  Like the nature of God, who is never ending and never beginning, it is always there.

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