Pi review (Blu-ray)

Indie filmmaking at its best, Aronofsky's debut Pi is now 15 years old. Since its release, Aronofsky has gone on to make the wonderful Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan, but Pi remains a singular work of paranoid brilliance.

Socially inept Max Cohen (Gullette) is a mathematical genius who truly believes that mathematics is the language of the universe, nature can be expressed in numbers, and there are patterns everywhere in nature. He's looking to use his theories to mathematically predict the fluctuations in the stock market, and comes to the attention of certain corporate types, as well as a group of Rabbis who think he may have a link to God.

It's a low-budget film shot in black and white, but Pi shot Aronofsky to stardom. It's complex, complicated and riveting in equal measure, proving that maths can be made interesting on film. And 15 years on, it's still as fresh as the day it was released. Pi is an abject lesson to aspiring filmmakers everywhere.

EXTRAS ★★★ An audio commentary with writer-director Aronofsky; an audio commentary with star Gullette; deleted scenes; a behind-the-scenes montage;two trailers; and a music video.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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