Piscine lives with his brother and parents in Pondicherry, India. When he isn’t spending time with the animals at his family-owned zoo, an inquisitive Pi is off exploring different faiths of which he adopts three. When Pi makes an attempt at befriending the zoo’s tiger, Richard Parker, his father steps in to teach him a rather harsh lesson, one that rattles his beliefs and curiosity.
At 17, Pi’s parents decide it’s time to seek a better life so board a Japanese cargo ship with their animals and set sail for Canada. Along the way, the boat encounters a vicious storm, sinking the ship and leaving just one human survivor, Pi. But Pi is not alone. He shares his lifeboat with Richard Parker.
Talk about bringing Yann Martel’s book to life. The instant the opening credits kick in, you know you’re in for one of the most vivid experiences the movies can offer. Ang Lee’s use of 3D throughout the film isn’t distracting in the least, but during this opening montage, the animals really do pop off the screen and the fact that the images are so colorful and crisp makes the effect particularly impressive and striking.
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Director Marc Webb couldn’t have taken on a tougher challenge. Not only does he opt to make the leap from modest comedy to massive CGI blockbuster, but he does so with an almost entirely beloved franchise that wrapped a mere five years ago. However, when the odds are against you like that in this industry, solid filmmaking is really all you need to make a moviegoing experience worth it, even if it’s an experience you’ve been through not too long ago.
As a young boy, Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) parents left in a hurry, leaving him in the care of his Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Sally Field and Martin Sheen). Now in high school, Peter’s dealing with typical teen troubles like crushes and bullies, but the fact that his parents never gave any explanation for their disappearance still eats away at him. When he happens upon his father’s old briefcase, Peter finally might have found the clue that could lead him to answers about his parents, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner.
After weaseling his way into a tour of Dr. Connors’ laboratory, Peter gets turned around and winds up coming in contact with a radioactive spider. He thinks nothing of his spider bite until he realizes he now has incredible physical abilities allowing him to climb walls, spin webs and stop criminals. Meanwhile, Dr. Connors is in a panic as his boss is threatening to shut down his operation. Desperate to see if the serum he’s working on could help him regrow his amputated arm, he takes it himself and it’s successful – in a way.
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