The Fountain

The Fountain

The Fountain
The once hip Aronofsky (‘Requim For A Dream’, ‘Pi’) directs this odyssey styled adventure about a man trying desperately to save his wife, who’s dying of cancer. I’ll be struggling to give a succinct plot outline for this, seems pretty whack, but I’ll give it a shot… the film follows Tommy (Jackman) through 3 eras: the present, 16th Century Spain & America, and the future. In the present, his wife Izzi (Weiz) is dying and – as a scientist – he attempts to find a cure through experimental surgery on monkeys. Izzi is writing a novel which is presented via the 16th Century storyline. Here conquistador Tomas (Jackman) is dispatched by the Queen of Spain (Weiz) to the Americas, in search of the fountain of youth protected by Mayan Indians. And then there’s the future, in which Tom (Jackman) is flying through space in a bubble searching for the Xibalba nebula – believed by the Mayans to be the gateway to the underworld.
2007Rating: M, .96 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The problem, though, is that its techniques run too far beyond its ideas, which are blurry and banal, rather than mysterious and resonant. The Fountain is something to see, but it is also much less, finally, than meets the eye...

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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As it happens, each one of these tales is also a love story, and The Fountain is Aronofsky’s profession of faith concerning love’s place in the idea of eternity. It’s a movie that’s as deeply felt as it is imagined...

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Prepare to be happily perplexed in this time-warped, mind-bending and tree-hugging ode to love and death...

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Bloated and logy, and art-directed within an inch of its life, the movie shovels heaps of phony portent and all-purpose mystical imagery onto a thin and maudlin plot...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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Like all of his previous films, it's visually arresting - if any recent film embodies the concept of cinema as poetry, this it it - but unlike "Pi" or "Requiem for a Dream," these aren't characters we're ever invested in...

2.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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At heart, this is a simple Zen fable about love and death. In execution, it’s a complex and gorgeous mini-epic with sterling performances from its two stars...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

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First, the good news: The Fountain is only 97 minutes long. Now the bad: that's 97 minutes of rampant metaphysical codswallop...

2.0
0

Two Minds on Dying

Its a pity that this film has been defined by dates and places when it seems more productive to read it symbolically and metaphorcally, as perspectives on the experience of facing death through terminal illness, and dying. It is clearly Izzys loving perspective to see her desperate but distracted scientist husband as the conquistador in her novel, while...

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The problem, though, is that its techniques run too far beyond its ideas, which are blurry and banal, rather than mysterious and resonant. The Fountain is something to see, but it is also much less, finally, than meets the eye...

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

As it happens, each one of these tales is also a love story, and The Fountain is Aronofsky’s profession of faith concerning love’s place in the idea of eternity. It’s a movie that’s as deeply felt as it is imagined...

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Prepare to be happily perplexed in this time-warped, mind-bending and tree-hugging ode to love and death...

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Bloated and logy, and art-directed within an inch of its life, the movie shovels heaps of phony portent and all-purpose mystical imagery onto a thin and maudlin plot...

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Like all of his previous films, it's visually arresting - if any recent film embodies the concept of cinema as poetry, this it it - but unlike "Pi" or "Requiem for a Dream," these aren't characters we're ever invested in...

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

At heart, this is a simple Zen fable about love and death. In execution, it’s a complex and gorgeous mini-epic with sterling performances from its two stars...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

First, the good news: The Fountain is only 97 minutes long. Now the bad: that's 97 minutes of rampant metaphysical codswallop...

2.0
0

Two Minds on Dying

Its a pity that this film has been defined by dates and places when it seems more productive to read it symbolically and metaphorcally, as perspectives on the experience of facing death through terminal illness, and dying. It is clearly Izzys loving perspective to see her desperate but distracted scientist husband as the conquistador in her novel, while...

4.0
0