a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Dustin Hoffman stars as an astrophysicist in this violent
Peckinpah film. Before the violence starts, Hoffman's wife plays a
trick on him by changing some signs (+/-) in an equation he is working
with. The mathematical content of the film is primarily in Hoffman's
performance: the way he looks while trying to figure out what is wrong
with the equation and when he finally figures it out...that's
John E. DuBois|
The mathematical mind is central to the main character and informs the entire content of the movie. Thus, while there is not much overt math, math is important in the film because of its role in character development of the astro-physicist. A man with a beautiful wife and a 'beautiful mind' finds himself defending both in a cruel and ugly reality.
John C. Konrath|
Outside of the fact that Dustin Hoffman plays a mathematician, there is little mathematics in this film. The main character demonstrates a knowledge of siege tactics which may be attributed to logical reasoning, but this is a bit of a stretch. Overall, I found the movie lacks originality. It is dominated by sex and violence instead of thoughtfulness and intelligent dialogue. I do not recommend this movie.
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