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“Life of Pi” a Luminous, Gripping Personal Journey

Harry Hamm
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Director Ang Lee is a supreme storyteller, and his latest film, “Life of Pi,” is a brilliant demonstration of that fact. It combines high adventure and challenge with a personal spiritual journey in a way few films have ever been able to accomplish. Based on the world-famous best-selling novel of the same title, Ang Lee’s use of 3-D drive’s the movie’s level of imagery in a manner that is the most impressive and thought-provoking I have ever seen.

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“Life of Pi” is the story of a young Indian boy who, through a very clever process, has earned his nickname of Pi. He and his family own a small zoo in Pondichery, India, but are forced to book passage on a freighter to move the family and the zoo animals to Canada for economic reasons.

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On the trip, the ship and all but the boy and a tiger  go down at sea in a terrible storm. Thus begins the saga of the young teenager’s 277 days at sea in a life boat with a Bengal tiger. The tiger’s name is Richard Parker, a name he gained because of a mix-up in some paperwork.

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The boy is played by Suraj Sharma, who is deserving of an Academy Award nomination for his work in this film.

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On the surface, “Life of Pi” might sound like a somewhat confining story, but it is anything but that. Ang Lee’s use of 3-D technology might just be the best ever done. The various levels of the story all intertwine in a way that asks many questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the universe and the relationship between man and animal. The story is told in a kind of narrative format that provides great balance.

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“Life of Pi” may easily be the best motion picture of 2012. It is unlike anything you have ever seen before. It transports the viewer into the story in a way that is captivating and memorable. You will see things you have never seen before and experience some of nature’s mysteries in a way you will never forget.

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