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After surviving a ship wreck on his way from India to Canada with his parents, a brother and their zoo animals, Pi is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor... a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Gerard Depardieu gets the most oversold star billing since Marlon Brando was Superman's absentee father. Depardieu looms over less than a minute of screen time. Not that we miss him when he's gone; we just wonder why he was there in the first place.
The movie's energy peters out in a series of book-club conversations about divine will, the power of storytelling, and the resilience of the human spirit.
November 21, 2012
The New Republic
Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.
Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.