You want to talk about foreshadowing the way Wall Street has become? How about a mathematical genius who believes he can boil the stock market down to a basic code found in ancient holy scriptures?
I was lucky enough to catch Pi (1998) on the big screen back when it was released. I had to find a small art house theater in Manhattan to see it, but it was well worth it to catch this original and gripping black-and-white drama.
Darren Aronofsky scripted and made his directorial debut with this experimental feature with mathematical plot threads hinting at science-fictional elements. In NYC’s Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes “everything can be understood in terms of numbers,” and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he’s built in his apartment. Both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic sect take an interest in his work, but he’s distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions.