Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain") mixing real animals with
computer-generated 3D effects, taking us on a journey to a fantastic place where millions of meerkats scamper
around glittering pools of freshwater until at night, a great and
dangerous transformation takes place while they snuggle on the tree
branches to sleep.
The family of a 17-year-old Indian boy named
Pi (Suraj Sharma) have decided to move their
family zoo to Canada. But the Japanese
freighter containing Pi’s family and their zoo animals are caught in a catastrophic storm, Pi miraculously
escapes on a lifeboat where a wounded zebra, a hyena, an
orangutan, and a Bengal tiger vie for precious space. After the boat’s incompatible passengers are whittled down to Pi and the
tiger, who Pi names Richard Parker.
For 227 days, Pi endures an odyssey of subsistence with the wild, beautiful animal. Every strand of Pi’s
mental and physical fortitude is stretched far beyond its limit. Pi
must not only build a separate raft to keep a safe distance from the
tiger, but he must also strategize about how to provide for himself and
the deadly cat. This helps focus his mind.
Director Ang Lee orchestrates the demanding visual, emotional, and
thematic elements of Life of Pi like a maestro with a carefully honed sense of
film’s overall effect is an incredibly rich cinematic experience
incomparable to anything you've ever seen in a movie.