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The Fountain

A movie directed by Darren Aronofsky

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Tree Movie

  • Nov 17, 2008
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(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 tumors that we now endure

Reviews are done by fools like me
But only God can make a tree


Yes, as far as I could figure out, this movie is about a tree. A combination of science fiction, history, drama and romance, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz share screen time in three different time periods, differentiated by two wildly imaginative settings for past and future, and one rather dreary present. You can easily tell them apart by Jackman's hairstyles - long and scruffy (past), shorter and scruffy (present) and billiard ball bald (future).

The story jumps back and forth in a rather disconcerting manner, and after the first half hour I was still wondering what the heck was going on. It eventually comes together, but unless you're a sci-fi buff, this movie will take some getting into. The imagery is sometimes startling and sometimes brilliant, and although it has deep and profound intentions, I got lost a few times along the way.

This is one of those movies that some will love, and some will not, and unfortunately I am in the latter category. I'd recommend this for Sci-Fi buffs and people who like movies with intense themes and imagery.




Amanda Richards

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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 . 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
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . May 16, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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I write reviews for a hobby. Most of my reviews are short and to the point, on account of my short attention span. I try to make my reviews both informative and entertaining, and sometimes I succeed. … more
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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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