Belief: Darren Aronofsky possesses a superior mind.
This director never disappointed me, always surprised me. He find the slightest vulnerability of the human being, and expand on it, turning the failing element into a psychological-harmful obsession.
In Pi, his first movie, Aronofsky, focuses on a men, named Max Cohen (Sean Gullette), who’s, due to a childhood accident, developed a higher intelligence. And as a genius, he’s neither happy, nor social. Mathematician, he became little by little obsessed with numbers, trying to find patterns everywhere.
He’s then approached by both, Wall Street spies trying to extort from him the existence and meaning of a potential financial glitch and a jewish corporation, believing the true name of God, is in the Torah and possesses 216 words.
Coincidence or not, 216 has been a known number for Max, who ran on it while he was working on computerize stuff. A bug? A holy number? Madness took him, and his obsession began.
Suffering from odd crisis, triggered by over-work, and pressure, Max, had been hallucinating, and developing a sort of tumor. Nevertheless, he continued to try to find the meaning of this number, a number which haunted his life, soon resumed to this only thing.
Persecuted by both organizations, he suffered from strong paranoia and experienced blurred memories recalling. Thus, Darren Aronofsky, didn’t only torture his character, but also his spectators, victims of Max’s craziness, and the consequences of his defective mind. Filmed in black and white, the glaucous, oppressive, even claustrophobic, atmosphere, just got heavier with this color choice. We are trapped into an intern point of view, and therefore, the main character’s brain, where we’re looking desperately a way to escape, but are not finding it, and deeply, don’t really want to find it. And all the power of the hypnotic movie, is this sort of technological cage representation, which is itself, constituted of patterns we are trying to understand, and not escape. Just like Max is trying to understand what’s been around him, and not trying to runway from it. Alas, it will lead him to dementia and psychedelic physical and mental crisis.
Capitalization, power, money, Israeli-Palestinian conflict or just illness? What is it really about? The director, is giving this freedom to the spectator to interpret Pi, as he wants. However, it stays a stylish hallucinatory thriller, captivating and stifling.