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Life of Pi

Believe the Unbelievable 

Year: 2012 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Ang Lee 
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain  
An image from Life of Pi

Life was sweet for the zookeeper’s son, Pi (Sharma), in his home in India. So imagine his surprise when his strict father announces that he is moving the family and zoo over to Canada. Disaster strikes on the journey to the new world and Pi is the only survivor. The only human survivor that is. He is left sharing a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a Bengal tiger. Soon, Pi finds himself on the emotional ride of his life...

Many people will be wondering why on earth it took so long to make the acclaimed 2002 novel into a film, and who better to take the helm than Academy Award winning director Ang Lee? He does justice to the amazing story written by Yann Martel, giving his own interpretation suitable for the new media which now presents the incredible story. He even placed lead actor Sharma in a boat in the ocean and had him meet a real ship-wreck survivor in order to bring truth to the role. It definitely pays off. Newcomer Sharma is a natural and is likely to become a household name in the future if he continues to impress in roles such as these.

You cannot comment about this film without mentioning the stunning cinematography. The trailers themselves are breath-taking, let alone the glorious on-screen effects offered up when watching the film in full. It is backed up by a wondrous sound track that conjures up a range of emotions even if you close your eyes for just a second. However, you hardly want to blink for fear of missing one of the epic scenes.

If you couldn’t put the book down, prepare to want to re-watch the film over and over again.

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2012/2013 Spring Term (digital)
2012/2013 Spring Term (digital)