Ang Lee directed this adaptation of the bestselling fantasy-adventure novel by Yann Martel, using 3D technology and CGI to tell the story of the Indian-born adolescent Pi (newcomer Suraj Sharma), cast adrift on a lifeboat after a freighter carrying his family and their zoo animals capsizes. The sole survivors are Pi and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, who work out an uneasy truce in order to survive. The 3D effects, while not essential to the story, draw the viewer into the stormy sea. Lee and screenwriter David Magee give due attention the story’s philosophical component. The castaway tale, retold by an adult Pi to a journalist, is also an account of a spiritually hungry boy’s quest to understand God.