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The Fountain

A movie directed by Darren Aronofsky

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Restoring Eden

  • May 16, 2007
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New Age fairy tale, `The Fountain,' taps into our most primitive regions by transcending space and time to seek the antidote to man's mighty enemy--Death. Drawing upon a hodgepodge of religious imagery, the movie intersects four time frames, including ancient times and the biblical Tree of Life; the trappings of Medeival Spain when ascetical practices were sometimes severe, and the Inquisition made "heresy" contraband; today, and the future when mankind potentially can reap the benefits of science and meditation. In the middle times, the conquistador seeks the cure to death with a pilgrimage to Mayan civilization where the pyramid of life can be found and brought back to his queen. In today's time, that same conquistador is scientist, Tommy (Hugh Jackman), seeking a cure for his terminally ill wife, Izzi (Rachel Weisz), through an experimental rhesus monkey. The future looks good if only the past times can be linked together in one healing swoop. A plethora of myths connect the story and time differential. The book 'The Fountain' and an eaten lotus make portals to each place and time.

Philosophically, there are no enemies in the movie but death. In medieval times, Franciscan friar, Fr. Avila, lives in a time where he states, "Bodies are prisons for our souls." In today's time, Tommy says "Death is a disease, and there's a cure, and I will find it." Nice stuff. Who can argue with the idea that death robs us of loved ones, ruins our plans, and creates muddying mystery beyond our imagination? The movie tries to construct archetypes that pull for our desire to have everlasting life on earth. Meaningful, the movie is great escapist fare that is cathartic--even if it has to take itself seriously enough to work.

`The Fountain' demonstrates effectiveness in ways that Shymalan`s `Lady in the Water` failed to accomplish. Each scene is shot with easily pleasing panoramic views, and Darren Aronofsky's direction gives the film an essential urgency. Handled with good, performances by Jackman and Weisz, and an excellent performance by Ellen Burstyn as Tommy's lab supervisor, 'The Fountain' takes the edge off what could have been a disasterous fairy tale gone too fluffy and soft in the head.

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review by . January 10, 2011
*** out of ****      "The Fountain" left me feeling completely drained. While it was confusing and a tad uneven, Darren Aronofsky's third feature was also beautiful and rich with both visual and intellectual spectacle. Yes, I'm one of the many non-professional film critics who liked Aronosky's "The Fountain". And don't ask me why, because I'm going to tell you soon enough. As you may know, I am indeed an admirer of complex, diverse films. …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
Of all the movies I've seen, this is one of the most difficult to understand. The narrative structure is complex, the characters are multi-dimsensional, and the themes are very weighty. That said, if you put the effort into "reading" this movie, it will be one of the most rewarding you've seen. It's my personal favorite.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I actually really liked this movie...it was...interesting, but in a good way.
review by . December 24, 2008
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Director Darren Aronofsky (Pi and Requiem for a Dream) has created a niche for himself in the film industry. Much like filmmakers David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, and Vincent Ward, Darren Aronofsky explores the realm of dark drama, where dreams and fantasies flow into everyday reality. His film, The Fountain, is an ambitious science fiction/fantasy film with a strong metaphysical undercurrent. As always, Aronofsky utilizes his keen visual sense of storytelling while focusing on characterization and maintaining …
review by . November 17, 2008
(Based on "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer)     I thought that I would never see   A movie centered `round a tree     A tree whose milky sap can bring   An end to human suffering     A tree that looks up to the sky   While time on earth is passing by     A tree that from First Father grew   A star that dies and starts anew     Within whose bosom lies the cure   For …
review by . September 13, 2008
Pros: None really     Cons: Almost everything     The Bottom Line: Skip The Fountain; what started out perhaps to be a journey into the spiritual realm turned out to be short trip into a scattered mind with little direction.          Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I like to watch movies; all sorts of movies, but by the end I would like to know what to movie was/is all about. …
review by . July 11, 2007
One recurring theme for manifests itself annually in Hollywood is the movie about lovers transcending death and time to be with each other. Past examples include Somewhere in Time, The Lake House, Timeline, Bicentennial Man, and maybe even the Sixth Sense. This is probably the weirdest of them all, but also the most intriguing. The movie is actually three stories wrapped into one, all of which feature three characters, Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, and a tree that gives life. The three are intertwined …
review by . June 20, 2007
There is something going on here. If I were to say that I knew what everything in "The Fountain" is supposed to mean, I'd probably be a liar. That said, I feel that I got the general idea. Many people have compared this film's esoteric, pseudo-intellectual appeal to something like Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I think this is a wrong claim to make. There are many moments in the Fountain in which the story is too desperately being explained to us. Rachel Weisz is an amazing actress but half …
review by . May 17, 2007
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Pros: Nothing comes to mind      Cons: Horrific plot, it is both nearly impossible to follow and not worth the effort.      The Bottom Line: Unless you just want to waste ninety minutes, don't bother with this one.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      Darren Aronofsky is not for emotional lightweights. In is film Pi a super genius mathematician whose talents …
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It's been a long, strange trip since Darren Aronofsky last invited viewers into his cinematic world--six years in fact--but THE FOUNTAIN is sure to enchant, beguile, and inspire intense debate among his patient fans. During the frustrating gap since 2000's REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, Aronofsky has struggled to bring THE FOUNTAIN to the screen, principally because leading man Brad Pitt dropped out of the project.

The complex tale is split into three different time periods, beginning in the 16th century, when a conquistador named Tomas (Hugh Jackman) strives to find the Tree of Life. The second part of the story finds Jackman playing a Buddha-like character who zips through outer space and dreams of a woman named Izzi (Rachel Weisz).

And the third part, which consumes most of the film's screen time, is set in the present day and sees Jackman playing a doctor named Tommy, who is married to the terminally-ill Izzi. In this third section Tommy strives to find a cure for Izzi's brain tumor, and makes some progress af...
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