The Man Who Knew Infinity

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
The Man Who Knew Infinity

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This biopic of Indian maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan does not go to infinity – or beyond. It features some exceedingly good British actors, but the script gives us a version of his life that feels like it’s from a TV ad. Which is a shame, because it’s an extraordinary story.

We meet Ramanujan (Dev Patel) in 1914, working as a bookkeeper in Tamil Nadu (his brain is quicker than the abacus). Self-taught, he writes to a professor (Jeremy Irons) at Trinity College, Cambridge, who recognises his talent and invites him to the UK where he’s met with horrible, ugly racism everywhere – sneery old dons deliberately mispronouncing his name and brainless thugs beating him up. This is polite and earnest, but never quite adds up to much.

By: Cath Clarke

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Release details

Rated:
PG
Release date:
Thursday May 5 2016
Duration:
108 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Matt Brown
Screenwriter:
Matt Brown
Cast:
Jeremy Irons
Dev Patel
Stephen Fry

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