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Life of Pi - Film Review

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by J. Loomis (subscribe)
Recent theatre arts and English literature graduate with a passion for film and for writing.
Published February 3rd 2013
2013 has started out strong with several different movie releases that I myself have been excited about. Ang Lee has once again directed a visually beautiful masterpiece. The film centres around a young boy (Pi who is played by Suraj Sharma) and his battle for survival on the open waters. However this is not your typical Castaway movie. Unlike any other survival story, Life of Pi involves exotic zoo animals.

Pi is separated from his family during a horrible accident and becomes stranded with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The name of the tiger becomes rather ironic because as the film further progresses we see the inner animal come out in Pi and the humanity come out in Richard Parker.

The plot of the film is highly original. I myself have not seen anything quite like it before. The plot only becomes more enhanced at the end of the film when the audience is faced with an unseen twist. Sharma's performance in the film was also outstanding. The audience can easily connect with him as he displays heart and passion. You are taken along for a ride on a journey of self discovery.

Don't be discouraged if you believe the film will drag and not have enough action to keep you interested. If you think this movie will bore you, you are wrong. There is not a moment where you will take your eyes off the screen and this is not just because the film is visually beautiful.

If you haven't seen Life of Pi, then I would highly recommend it! On accounts of cinematography and originality I would give Life of Pi a 4/5 star rating!
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