I had wanted to watch Darren Aronofsky’s first feature π (Pi) (1998) for a while now, and though it is a short film, I was put off by the premonition of a headache-inducing, frenzied stream-of-consciousness piece. I worried unnecessarily, as the film is much more straightforward than I had imagined. Gripping from the start as it flashes The Matrix and Eraserhead, Pi ultimately fails on a weak and hackneyed storyline.
Nonetheless, it held my interest. Aronofsky followed Pi with strong dramas in Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and The Fighter, and last year’s unique take on Noah. He definitely has an idea, but Pi falls short of its potential. 5/10