Life of Pi is an adventure drama film based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel and directed by Ang Lee.
SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi"
Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) tells a story to a local writer in Canada referred by his family friend of his life story.
Pi is named "Piscine Molitor" by his parents after a swimming pool in France. But he changed his name to "Pi Patel" as a result of tired being taunted as "Pissing Patel" in school. His family own a local zoo in Pondicherry, India and Pi has great interest in the animals especially a Bengal tiger named "Richard Parker". Pi is raised Hindu and vegetarian but discovers other religions — Christianity and Islam when he was 12 and follows all three.
Due to some political concern in India, his father decides to close the zoo and move the entire family to Canada, selling the animals to North America. During a heavy thunderstorm, the ship sinks and Pi is thrown overboard with a lifeboat as his family and the rest of the crew die.
Pi finds himself in the lifeboat with an injured zebra, and is joined by an orangutan. Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger also joins them in the boat forcing Pi to hang on to the edge of the small boat.
The next morning, a hyena emerges from the tarp covering half of the boat, it tries to attack Pi but is unable to climb up to the tarp. Soon, it begins to eat the injured zebra, killing it. Later on, in a fight, the hyena also mortally injure the orangutan. Out of the blue, Richard Parker appears from the tarp and kills the hyena.
It is now just him and Richard Parker, the Bengal Tiger. Pi builds a small raft to stay at a safe distance from Richard Parker. He also manages to find emergency food and water rations to keep himself fed. However, as the days go on, he realizes he must also feed the tiger to prevent from getting eaten by the tiger due to hunger. Pi starts fishing and collects rain water. At one point, the tiger jumps into the water to hunt for fish. Pi loses almost all his supplies after a nighttime encounter with a whale. For that, he is forced to eat the fish raw in order to face off starvation. After many weeks at the sea, Pi decides to forge a bond with the tiger in order to be accepted in the boat. After all, they are both in the same boat (no pun intended).
The film takes us to beautiful unexplored wonder of the world and in such spectacular visual, definitely a treat to all ages.
Overall, Life of Pi is a miraculous, heartwarming story that is bold, courageous and full of faith.
- 9 out of 10
- Incredible film with incredible story that is visually stunning, profound and heartwarming
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