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This was a really decent movie - much better than a lot of crap that's out there. However, it was nowhere near as good as "Requiem for a Dream." Both movies feature Darren Aronofsky's individual style, which is imaginative, beautiful, and highly stylized. The main plot involves a dying woman (Rachel Weisz) and the man who loves her (Hugh Jackman). The majority of the movie takes place in the present, as Hugh Jackman's character (a doctor who tests medical treatments on animals), attempts to find a cure for his wife's disease. In effect, he is trying to cheat death and discover a modern-day Fountain of Youth. That particular story happens to be very moving, the dialogue is sparkling, and the acting top-notch.
Intermingled with that story is an epic from the 1600s of a Ponce deLeon type conquistador (also Jackman), seeking out the actual Fountain of Youth for his beloved Queen (also Weisz). The story there is effective and beautifully shot, and it serves the purpose of a metaphor for what the current-day Jackman and Weisz are going through. In those two stories alone, the movie is brilliant, and I would have definitely given it 5 stars.
HOWEVER, there is also a third storyline going on, which is rather confusing. The DVD jacket explains that the third story is set in the future, where Jackman's character meditates like Buddha near a beautiful tree. In actual watching of the movie, I felt more like the present-day character was dreaming, or that the "future" was really his imagination. But... obviously I was wong. There's many possibilities for what this third storyline represents or means, and I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but... ultimately, I was confused (or GASP! bored) whenever this particular thread was examined. These scenes tended to run on too long, and drew me out of the movie. They're beautifully shot, of course, and visually, they're a feast. I'm also convinced those "futuristic" scenes meant something very powerful to the filmmaker, but... I felt they detracted from the story. More importantly, I felt LESS emotionally attached during those scenes than during the rest of the movie.
In comparison to "Requiem", I have to say that "Requiem" CONSISTENTLY kept me emotionally engaged. I felt scared, worried, happy, turned on, turned off on a regular basis while watching that movie. At no point did I grow bored and start thinking about doing the dishes or laundry during "Requiem for a Dream." However, I did find myself doing that during this movie. Not often, and it is DEFINiTELY worth the watch. But those handful of slow scenes did make me feel more like giving this a 4 instead of a 5. Sorry, Darren! :O)
With the HD losing against Blueray, many people are now stuck in a frenzy to get a hold of HD movies for their HD Players... What I love most about the combo's is they still are able to play in regular Dvd players.
The Fountain is a tragic love story about a race against time. Hugh Jackman Devotes his life to his queen (spain) Rachel Weisz, as he embarks on a quest to find her the tree of life. Through thousands of years he travels with her through time in different ages leading to different deaths, lifes, hopes, cures for death. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, if you enjoyed Requiem for a dream, this movie will lead you even deeper into a beautifully created world you're bound to get sucked into your imagination. Just like his other films this is one you have to watch more than once to truly appriciate. Get ready to cry and laugh! You're going to be Amazed by the cinematography in this one! Reason # 1 on why I Had to have this one in my HD collection.
This is easily one of the most important films of the decade.
It is difficult to summarize the plot, but to be succinct, the movie is about a man's journey to save his wife, and his wife's journey to save him back. The scope of the film covers the beginning to the ending of time, and chart's our protagonists trials over the course of thousands of years and various continents and worlds.
Yeah. I can't do it justice - you'll just have to see it.
The thing is, you cannot take your eyes off the screen once this movie begins. And it's one heck of a mind trip. Many people have labeled it the "2001: A Space Odyssey" of our generation, and I think that's a fair comparison. However, I would apply a caveat: if you are one of those people who "didn't get" 2001, you might have some trouble with this one; it is similarly esoteric and rich in symbolism. You do have to keep your mind turned on to feel the full experience of this film.
Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz give the performances of their lives. Their struggle to help each other feels so real that it rips your heart right out of your chest at times. I don't want to give anything away, but definitely keep a box of tissues handy for this one.
I can't recommend this film highly enough, and 5/5 doesn't quite do it justice. Unless you're a complete philistine, you can't help but love this movie.
This film has a great story which, like a Rubix cube, keeps supplying more meanings (and deeper ones) with every viewing. It comprises three separate yet ultimately interrelated narratives---a conquistador searching for the tree of life in New Spain, a scientist searching for a cure for his wife's cancer, and an astronaut searching for a nebula in deep space. One viewing will not supply the meaning of the story; multiple viewings will begin to intimate its core message.
The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky, known for his indie hits Pi and Requiem for a Dream. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz star in this love story with deeper roots.
"Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Pat, Present, Future. Through time and space, one man embarks on a bold 1000 year odyssey to defeat the most indomitable foe:
Hugh Jackman plays that man, devoted to one woman (Rachel Weisz) and determined to pretect her from forces that threaten her existence. His quest leads him to a Tree of Life... and to an adventure in eternity."- back of box.
I Have seen Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and now that I have seen this one, I think that Darren Aronofsky has done it again!! So if you have seen the other films by him, get this one!!