The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

Matt Brown (2015)

104min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Slumdog Millionnaire star Dev Patel has few blessings to count in this earnest portrait of genius mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, whose pioneering research didn't protect him from racist treatment at Cambridge University. On the eve of the First World War, Ramanujan is brought across the seas from India to England, where Professor GH Hardy (Jeremy Irons) is keen to work on proofs to equations that Ramanujan has mailed him. The significance of these findings needs plenty of explaining in dialogue between Hardy and faculty member JE Littlewood (Toby Jones) and also Jeremy Northam as Bertrand Russell. Were it not for the British actors' sterling performances (Irons does a great job of softening Hardy's edges), the whole affair would be rather too dry and academic. Patel, too, has a natural warmth that tempers his character's slight egotism and ultimately brings home the tragedy of Ramanujan's short life. It's not quite as elegant as A Beautiful Mind or as charming as Good Will Hunting, but being a true story lends it weight and poignancy.

Summary

The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor at Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor GH Hardy. Biographical drama, starring Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel and Malcolm Sinclair.

Cast & Crew

Srinivasa Ramanujan Dev Patel
GH Hardy Jeremy Irons
Littlewood Toby Jones
Sir Francis Spring Stephen Fry
Bertrand Russell Jeremy Northam
Major McMahon Kevin McNally
Doctor Enzo Cilenti
Janaki Devika Bhise
Director Matt Brown
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Other Information

Language: English / TamilColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Offensive languageReleased on: 8 Apr 2016
Drama