1. Mathematics is the language of nature
2. Everything around is can be represented and understood by numbers
3. If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge
1. The cycling of disease epidemics
2. The wax and wan of caribou populations
3. Sunspot cycles
4. The rise and fall of the Nile River
Filmed in grainy black and white exposure, making Max's life seem even more illusionary and surreal, Pi gives us a small taste of how separated from society this particular personality type feels. They are not "color" people, to them all is black and white.
Max suffers from migraine headaches, delusions, and the numbers that obsess him. He has only one friend, an older man named Sol Robeson, with whom he gets together with to play Go, a game of patterns.
Robeson tries to tell Max that numbers aren't everything, and that was why he stopped his research on Pi. Max thinks Sol stopped caring, and doesn't understand what Sol is trying to tell him. Very amusing is Sol's story of Archimedes and the bath.
Max also gets to know Lenny, a talkative Hassidic Jew who points out to him the pattern of numbers in the Koran. Taking this information, Max runs it through his computer which winds out crashing just after spitting out a string of numbers.
On a comical footnote, Lenny reminded me of Torgo in MST3K's "Manos, the Hands of Fate", except that he needed bigger knees.
Obsessed with finding the pattern of the stock market, Max is suddenly pursued by a corporate representative offering him a classified silicon chip in exchange for the numbers in his head, and Lenny's Rabbi's searching for the name of God; and all of this supposedly hidden in a 216 digit number that Max has the ability to unlock.
Max is definitely a genius, but with absolute genius comes madness. Max's degeneration and haunting mania are wonderfully portrayed in this tense, gripping movie with a not-to-miss ending in store. Enjoy!
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