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Life of Pi

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Life of Pi
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Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel. A young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the only survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Feb 17, 2015
  • MICHAEL TAGGART MALONEY rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Basically LIFE OF PI is a white-knuckled action adventure story about survival in an open boat after a shipwreck on the high seas. And what makes the survival tale unusually riveting is that in the open boat with Pi Patel, the Tamil boy at the heart of Yann Martel's 2001 prize-winning novel that the film adapts, is an injured zebra, a bloodthirsty hyena, a benevolent orangutan, and of course the majestic and fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. This is a thriller which puts us back in touch with the primordial terror we in all our urban, electronic sophistication have forgotten -- the terror of nature and the animal kingdom; and in this sense LIFE OF PI is far more thrilling than any James Bond or Batman blockbuster.

Feb 15, 2015
  • nptphoto rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I'm pleased to announce that I walked out on this horrible film. After 90 minutes, I'd had more than enough of this stilted vulgarity. Life of Pi rivals The Wedding Banquet as the worst movie of Ang Lee's career. People, skip this bloated studio trash and watch Lee's brilliant Taking Woodstock instead.

Jan 25, 2015
  • Quimeras rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a magical and wonderful film. A must-see.

Jan 09, 2015
  • silver_back rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This movie is truly magnificent, I was simply moved by the characters. How at the start, the charismatic, the exquisiteness of PI's early life filled me with excitement. And mourning of the lost of his parents and brother was unbearable. Then starts a journey of endurance, which had breath taking features.

Jan 08, 2015
  • marx_bro rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this movie (maybe because I have some Indian in-laws and appreciate Hindu sensebilities). Anyways, great story & cinematography!

Jan 05, 2015
  • dylankemp rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring and clunky.

Dec 21, 2014
  • new_orleansguy rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I had been meaning to see this movie for a while but unfortunately, it failed to live up to the hype for me. Yes it is beautifully shot, yes the main boy character is engaging and yes the stormy seas sequences were well done but the sequences with the CGI animals robbed the film of any depth or meaning for me. I know no one could have filmed a movie like this with real animals and subject them to the kind of treatment the screenplay provided. I am not sure how this could have been done for me to like it but knowing all the emotions and life of the tiger character (and the other animals as well...) were courtesy of some computer programming made it hard for me to connect to this, and perhaps unlike others, really be touched by the story. It is a perfect metaphor though for the world we live in today though. Fake emotions, programmed by others, to try and tug at your heart's strings, isn't that the norm for a lot of people ?

Nov 08, 2014
  • TGPretender rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is beautiful. Just absolutely beautiful. The shift between the story and the telling of it were smooth and made for some really amusing moments. The cinematography was just breathtaking. I really enjoyed the ending, which I won't spoil for anyone, but it just made the whole thing work so well. Lovely, definitely owning and rec'ing.

Nov 04, 2014
  • vanilla_skie77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was my third time watching the movie, and I love it more and more each time. It's really well-written and really well-produced. Yann Martel is a great author and needs to be given more credit than he gets. There needs to be more movies like this!

Sep 16, 2014
  • kendalliah rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really thought this would not be up my alley as a not terribly sentimental person, but there was something just so lovely about this film - the story captivated and kept moving constantly, the delivery of the story and editing between modern day, scenes on the boat, and recounting of earlier times was great. I couldn't even quite capture why I liked it so much, I just thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

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Aug 11, 2013
  • KSED2001 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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May 28, 2013
  • DFX rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 16, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jan 09, 2015
  • silver_back rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

For all believers:
"GOD the compassionate, the merciful"! (Said BY PI)

Jul 11, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

From book on God & hope (2 of 2):
At such moments I tried to elevate myself. I would touch the turban I had made with the remnants of my shirt and I would say aloud, “This is God’s hat!”

I would pat my pants and say aloud, “This is God’s attire!” I would point to Richard Parker and say aloud, “This is God’s cat!”

I would point to the lifeboat and say aloud, “This is God’s ark!”

I would spread my hands wide and say aloud, “These are God’s wide acres!”

I would point at the sky and say aloud, “This is God’s ear!”

And in this way I would remind myself of creation and of my place in it.

Jul 11, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

From book on God & hope (1 of 2):
I practised religious rituals that I adapted to the circumstances—solitary Masses without priests or consecrated Communion hosts, darshans without murtis, and pujas with turtle meat for prasad, acts of devotion to Allah not knowing where Mecca was and getting my Arabic wrong. They brought me comfort, that is certain. But it was hard, oh, it was hard. Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love—but sometimes it was so hard to love. Sometimes my heart was sinking so fast with anger, desolation and weariness, I was afraid it would sink to the very bottom of the Pacific and I would not be able to lift it back up.

Apr 28, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Apr 28, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Computers are useless. They only give answers.” -Pablo Picasso

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May 20, 2013
  • KingSalomon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: mmmmmm

Mar 16, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Animals act as animals do. Tigers that can kill may kill. Hyenas that can attack may attack. Survival of the fittest does occur to some extent. Other events at sea can be considered violent and frightening.

Mar 16, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Animals act as animals do. Tigers that can kill may kill. Hyenas that can attack may attack. Survival of the fittest does occur to some extent. Other events at sea can be considered violent and frightening.

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A young boy who is always teased about his name discovers he can earn respect by showing his knowledge of mathematics. Specifically, the distance half way around the edge of the circle will be 3.14159265... a number known as Pi. As a young man his family decides to move out of India for a better life in Canada. They take their zoo animals with them to sell in the United States. This ocean trip will forever change Pi's life as he copes with the loss of his family and struggles for his own life with a tiger aboard a rescue boat.

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