LIFE OF PI is a technological, state of the art, family film. It’s an emotional two hour journey, filled with a fluidly dynamic cosmic ocean, beautiful vistas and visual poetry.
ANG LEE won both the OSCAR and the GOLDEN GLOBE for BEST DIRECTOR. It’s easy to see why. He has taken film to a level where no one has ever gone before.
The screenplay was inspired by two different stories. The EDGAR ALLEN POE novel, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket“, about a sailor in 1838 who survives a shipwreck, and YANN MARTEL’S, “Max and the Cats”, about a Holocaust survivor who escapes Nazi Germany in a boat shared with a Jaguar.
STEVEN CALLAHAN, was the Nautical Consultant on the film. Steven survived 76 days adrift at sea when his boat sank.
The story revolves around PI, heroically played by SURAJ SHARMA, in his first role. Pi is a sincere and innocent boy who loses his family in a shipwreck. That family included not only his parents and brother, but and entire zoo his father was transporting to Canada. When a storm sinks the ship, Pi is thrown into a lifeboat that ends up also saving a Zebra, Orangutan, Hyena, rat and a Bengal Tiger. The other animals quickly become snacks for the hungry, fierce tiger named Richard Parker.
Pi and Richard Parker become soul mates, helping each other to survive on a mercurial spiritual sea.
The Bengal Tiger is terrifying. This is quite a feat considering the scenes with Richard Parker are 86% Computer Graphic Imaging (CGI). Pi never had even one scene in the boat with a live tiger!
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Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship's only other survivor...a fearsome Bengal tiger.