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Life of Pi
20 Dec 2012
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Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) directs LIFE OF PI, based upon Yann Martel’s beloved book, which went on to become one of the biggest publishing events of the past decade. An epic adventure of magical realism, LIFE OF PI follows the story of a young man’s incredible survival at sea against almost impossible odds. A remarkable breakthrough in the use of 3D technology, PI will take audiences on an emotionally captivating journey that will inspire, touch and transport them to a place of discovery they will be unable to forget.
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LIFE OF PI (USA/China/PG/127mins)
Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Ayush Tandon, Gautam Belur, Adil Hussain, Tabu.
THE PLOT: As he prepares lunch, the humble Pi Patel (Khan) begins to tell his remarkable life story to his guest (Spall), the latter planning to turn his host’s adventures into a book. And the story is truly remarkable, charting Pi’s early life in India, where his parents ran a zoo whilst the young Hindu pre-teen (Tandon) conducted a theological exploration through other religions.
When the economic climate forces the family to emigrate to Canada, a hard rain capsizes their ship and soon Pi is floating on the Pacific in a lifeboat. With just a zebra, an orangutan and a nasty hyena for company. Or, at least, that’s what he thought. The Bengal tiger younger Pi had tried to befriend is hiding under the tarp, and over the following 227 days, the two lone survivors gradually work out a survival plan…
THE VERDICT: It may be a tad, well, preachy at times, but Life Of Pi is a stunning technical achievement - and one of those rare films that actually benefits from 3D). Undoubtedly, Ang Lee’s luscious big-screen adaptation will no doubt satisfy lovers of Yann Martel’s multi-award-winning 2001 novel.
Playing like a religious fable - a twist on Noah’s Ark here, 40 days and 40 nights in the desert there – Life Of Pi informs us that, given just how surprising life can be, we gotta have faith. And some emergency supplies.
Of course, it helps when your spiritual journey boasts some of the finest CGI known to man and Hollywood, allowing you to bask in a David Attenborough wet dream of a film. Where else are you going to witness a night ocean of glowing jellyfish, a tidal wave of flying fish, a million meerkats standing to attention…? And all in such vibrant colours - think David Chapelle meets National Geographic.
Review by Paul Byrne
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