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by Praneel Lal (subscribe)
'I'm a foodie, fashionista and freelance copywriter. Follow me on twitter and instagram @neelsmcgee email on praneel_lal@hotmail.com'
Published January 14th 2013
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A visual, spectacular masterpiece does not even begin to do Ang Lee's film, Life Of PI justice. Definitely the must see movie of 2013, Life Of Pi is a perfect balance between wonder,

Based on the book (Life of Pi by Yann Martel) the 3D movie adaptation immerses ones thoughts between spirituality and surrealism in an epic journey of discovery between a young man named Pi Patel and his unlikely companion, an Indian Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

The movie begins with Pi narrating the film from an older age, looking back at his earlier life as a high school and college student in Toronto, then even further back to his primary years in Pondicherry. He explains that he has suffered intensely and found solace in an array of religions and zoology, following his father owning a zoo.

As the movie continues, it isn't until the family decide to move to Canada and close the zoo, that the suspense begins.

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On a ship with an ark of animals, the Patel's hit tragedy as a severe thunderstorm causes the vessel to sink, leaving Pi as the sole survivor and his unlikely companion, Richard Parker.

Please note that there are spoilers ahead

As Pi and Richard drift further into the sea, their relationship is tested through an animalistic raw nature, where they fight to survive and in the process learn more about each other day by day. Each mammal is pushed to their limits. Pi realises he is stranded on the ocean with a tiger and feels an enormous amount of fear towards the wild cat, whilst the audience in turn also witnesses that even Richard Parker wants to survive and will stop at nothing. It is their joint will and determination that allows them to get through 227 days at sea.

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The surprise twist comes when Pi is found swept up on the coast of Mexico and rescued by some fishermen. They take him to a hospital, where he is later interviewed by Japanese men who owned the vessel that sunk in the storm. It is here, that you the viewer, are faced with a barbaric story of cannibalism, torment and tragedy involving the cook from the ship, Pi's mother and a Japanese traveller. Here is where you decide if a boy sailing the ocean with a tiger is the realistic story to the second version, where the boy is stranded with three people from the boat who act brutally to survive at sea.

Which ending will you choose?

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