Creepy, but interesting.Pi is one of the stranger - and stronger - indie offerings of 1998.
A mathematical genius named Max (Sean Gullette) is big on numbers, basically obsesive. He sees numbers (and number patterns) in everything around him. He rarely leaves his apartment. He's also been blessed with the ability to use his mathematical skills to try and predict the rise and fall of the stock market. Problem is, some faceless organization (actually a Wall Street analysis firm that turns a little more sinister) wants Max to help them figure it out, or at least figure it out for them. Max is paranoid and suffers from really bad headaches and nosebleeds, and an occasional blackout. Max suddenly stumbles onto a 216 digit number that may hold the secret to reading the stock market. Faceless organization wants it. So Max is constantly being hounded. There's also the Jews.
A group of Hasidic Jewish scholars tells Max that the Hebrew alphabet translates into numbers, and that suppposedly, the true name of God is actually a word with 216 letters.
So Max, already paranoid about being followed, now has an entirely different group of people hounding him. Max may very well know the true name of God.
Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, Pi is shot in black and white, with lots of high contrasts and not-so-hidden symbolism. It's a thriller that actually works these days. No car chases, no explosions; it's all mental, all psychological. Max knows he's got something big, but it very well may be driving him insane.
It's a solid film, quite thought-provoking.Definitely worth your attention.