Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Winner of four Academy Awards, Ang Lee (who picked up a directing Oscar for his efforts) adapts Yann Martel's best-selling novel, the fantastical journey of a young boy adrift in the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck. On a lifeboat he is accompanied by a hyena, zebra, orangutan and 450-pound tiger.

Pi (newcomer Suraj Sharma) is the precocious, spiritually-inclined son of a zookeeper from Pondicherry, India. On route to a new life in Canada with his family and a selection of zoo animals, the freighter they hitch a ride on sinks. Pi finds himself fighting for survival on a 26-foot lifeboat along with his beastly companions.

High-profile filmmakers have been attached to the project since 2003 - M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón and Jean-Pierre Jeunet versions all fell through.

Best Director, Cinematography, Original Score and Visual Effects at the 2013 Academy Awards. Best Score, Golden Globes 2013. Best Cinematography, BAFTA Awards 2013.
2012Rating: PG, some scenes may disturb127 minsUSA
AdventureDrama
Director:
Ang Lee ('Brokeback Mountain', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon')
Writer:
David Magee
Cast:
Suraj SharmaIrrfan KhanGérard DepardieuRafe SpallTabuAdil Hussain

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Life of Pi / Reviews

Total Film

Total Film

Radiates spirituality. But it's also a simple, thrilling and gently uplifting tale of a boy, a boat and a tiger.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It may cause you to doubt what you see with your own eyes - or even to wonder if, in the end, you have seen anything at all.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Hollywood has been waiting for this movie.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Lee's most provocative work... it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

There's less than meets the eye.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A gorgeous and accomplished rendering of the massive best-seller.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It's more compelling to focus on Lee's visceral cinematic experience than on the larger, fuzzier messages.

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