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
92%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Hollywood has been waiting for this movie.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

There's less than meets the eye.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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

0

Great story and movie

4.0
0

you must never miss this film because its everything you would like to see in a movie and more actin love and the couler is out of this world the story is wicked please all go plus on the big screen wqw

5.0
0

I haven't read the book, but this movie will make you think even long after you've seen it. This movie is so effective in presenting two ways of understanding what really happened to Pi - as it mesmerisingly and effectively masked the ugly and harsh reality of what actually happened.

5.0
0

A wonderful piece of cinematography, beautifully rendered, vibrant and alluring. There is not that much of a story, but there doesn't need to be with this movie. It is a visual masterpiece made especially for you to just sit back, relax and enjoy.

4.0
0

Went to this wondering how the book would translate to the screen. I still haven't made my mind up but oddly I found the island less credible in my head/the book. I guess when a film maker makes a visual it becomes more credible. So .... In this way it became something I thought less about on film. I didn't think it was a story that made you believe in god,...

4.0
0

I thought was disappointing. The special effects were very bad (all the animals were unbelievable), and the general aesthetic frankly ugly - typified by the opening title sequence. I'm in the minority it would seem - but I thought it was long and not engaging. There were moments that were fantastical and hinted and something stronger, but "message" ended up...

2.0
0

This is a film about a boy in India called Pi. It is told is flashback, while the adult Pi is telling the story of his journey. His family own a Zoo and decide to move to Canada on a ship. The ship sinks and Pi end up on a lifeboat with a bengal Tiger. The journey he takes is quite amazing. The visuals are also great to watch. This film is a great journey....

4.0
0

I took my 7 year old, Ash, to see Ang Lee's new movie, 'Life of Pi' in 3D. He was enthralled throughout the 127-minute duration... as was I. Based on Yann Martel's magical novel, it's a tale of faith and the power of human storytelling as a means of making sense of the chaos about us. In doing so it utilises 3D technology to create depth and dimension in a...

5.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Hollywood has been waiting for this movie.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

There's less than meets the eye.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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

0

Great story and movie

4.0
0

you must never miss this film because its everything you would like to see in a movie and more actin love and the couler is out of this world the story is wicked please all go plus on the big screen wqw

5.0
0

I haven't read the book, but this movie will make you think even long after you've seen it. This movie is so effective in presenting two ways of understanding what really happened to Pi - as it mesmerisingly and effectively masked the ugly and harsh reality of what actually happened.

5.0
0

A wonderful piece of cinematography, beautifully rendered, vibrant and alluring. There is not that much of a story, but there doesn't need to be with this movie. It is a visual masterpiece made especially for you to just sit back, relax and enjoy.

4.0
0

Went to this wondering how the book would translate to the screen. I still haven't made my mind up but oddly I found the island less credible in my head/the book. I guess when a film maker makes a visual it becomes more credible. So .... In this way it became something I thought less about on film. I didn't think it was a story that made you believe in...

4.0
0

I thought was disappointing. The special effects were very bad (all the animals were unbelievable), and the general aesthetic frankly ugly - typified by the opening title sequence. I'm in the minority it would seem - but I thought it was long and not engaging. There were moments that were fantastical and hinted and something stronger, but "message" ended...

2.0
0

This is a film about a boy in India called Pi. It is told is flashback, while the adult Pi is telling the story of his journey. His family own a Zoo and decide to move to Canada on a ship. The ship sinks and Pi end up on a lifeboat with a bengal Tiger. The journey he takes is quite amazing. The visuals are also great to watch. This film is a great...

4.0
0

I took my 7 year old, Ash, to see Ang Lee's new movie, 'Life of Pi' in 3D. He was enthralled throughout the 127-minute duration... as was I. Based on Yann Martel's magical novel, it's a tale of faith and the power of human storytelling as a means of making sense of the chaos about us. In doing so it utilises 3D technology to create depth and dimension in...

5.0
0