January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Pi

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
07/10/98
performer
Mark Margolis, Sean Gullette
director
Darren Aronofsky
distributor
Artisan Entertainment
author
Darren Aronofsky
genre
Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a B-

Darren Aronofsky scored best director at Sundance last year with the brainy thriller Pi, which stars Sean Gullette as Max Cohen, a twitchy math whiz obsessing over the titular number. Both a messianic sect and a Wall Street firm figure that Max is onto a big mystical whatsit, which leads to a chase crammed with Eraserhead homages and derivative paranoiac freak-outs. But whenever Aronofsky makes something new from his febrile soundtrack and stark black-and-white images, he strikes a claustrophobic mood potent enough to induce panic. B-

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