Life of PI (2012)

Fantasy | 127 Min

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Life of Pi (2012) is a fantasy adventure based on a surreal novel by Canadian writer Yann Martel in which the author relates an extraordinary tale of endurance and resourcefulness at sea, as told to him by the sole survivor.


Pi (Suraj Sharma) is Piscine Molitor Patel, a 16-year-old Indian boy who accompanies his parents when they embark with the family zoo on a ship bound for Canada, where the animals are to be sold. The ship, however, sinks in a storm in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and everybody but Pi and a few of the animals are drowned. Pi ultimately finds himself alone in a lifeboat with a ferocious Bengal tiger called Richard Parker and has to employ all his native ingenuity and courage to survive the next 227 days trapped in the confined space with this terrifying companion. Among other perils they face together are a humpback whale, whose sudden appearance from the depths results in the loss of their few supplies, and a floating island that appears to offer a refuge but is then revealed to consume all living things.


Director Ang Lee, drawing upon a screenplay by David Magee, won huge acclaim for his success in filming a book that many had considered unfilmable. Most of the action is played out between newcomer Sharma and the tiger (part real and part computer-generated) but able support is provided by, among others, Gérard Depardieu and Rafe Spall (playing Yann Martel himself). Much of the action was shot in the world’s largest wave-tank, but it was the CGI-created special effects that attracted the most intense praise. In 2013 the film won four Oscars, including best director and best cinematography.




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Reviews ( 1 )

  • David Pickering 21 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    This visually stunning and often moving film is packed with fabulously memorable images that will stay with you forever. The CGI-generated images of drowning zoo animals, breaching whales, and glowing jellyfish are truly miraculous and bring an other-worldly quality to what is already a gripping and unforgettable story.

    10 / 10
  • Mercy Woods 23 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    The Life of Pi an awesome movie. The plot, the effects, the drama, the humor and everything is just perfect. To convert this book into a movie is one of the hardest tasks but Ang Lee tried and he was able to achieve it. I recommend this Movie to everybody.

    10 / 10
  • Valary Beckham 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    The Life of Pi is such a great movie. All aspects that are key in making a movie successful have been made perfect from the effects, the plot itself and every other thing you might think of. This movie is just so epic that everybody should have an opportunity of watching it.

    10 / 10
  • Sherman Cleveland 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    Visually it’s amazing, story-wise it’s unique!

    Life of Pi is really quite unique. The relationship between the tiger and Pi is intriguing to say the least.

    It isn’t a simple human-animal type relationship, there is something more to it, an element of roughness.

    The tiger and Pi aren’t really friends; they are more rivals than anything.

    I was also left pleasantly surprised as the movie turned out to be more interesting than I thought It was going to be.

    10 / 10
  • Alice White 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    This indeed in a unique movie that is thrilling. The visual features that this movie portrays makes it to be such an amazing movie. The story line too is way above what would be expected from an ordinary movie. This is a true movie indeed.

    10 / 10
  • Kate Winterburn 06 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    Life of Pi is an amazing movie. Visually, it is on its own level and stands apart from other films out there. As a fan of the novel, I have to admit I was slightly concerned about whether or not the film would do it justice, but it was done beautifully.

    9 / 10
  • C Moreira 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    A very well written movie that makes you question life, religion, faith, spirituality. Sometimes it reminds you a bit of Forest Gump and though it has a rough start in the beginning when we talk of the technical parts, the editing and so on, it gets better throughout the film.

    8 / 10
  • Jay Smith 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    The Life of Pi was one of my favorite films of the past several years. I love the aesthetics of this movies and how well they leave you with a feeling of bliss after the movie is over. I am a huge fan of the original novel, and I was proud that they adapted it so well to film!

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