The Fountain (2006)

logoDirector: Darren Aronofsky

Writer: Darren Aronofsky (Screenplay) Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel (Story)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie, Cliff Curtis, Sean Patrick Thomas

 

Plot: We have three stories from past present and future about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in a Mayan country searching for the tree of life. A medical researcher working with various trees, who is looking for a cure for his dying wife, and a space traveller with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble moving towards a dying star. All three stories intersect together to create the idea of eternal love.

 

Verdict: An ambitious love story

Story: Well the story was very good putting together a seemingly difficult series of events to tell one overriding story. I will say that this was hard to follow and will require your full attention to understand what you just saw; I do like a story that challenges the audience to think. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Hugh Jackman – Hugh plays all three leading men through the generation, each with different strengths and weaknesses. Hugh shows his full range of acting ability in the film that will go down as one of his best in his career. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Rachel Weisz – Rachel plays two leading roles as one story doesn’t include the female love. She does a good job but only one of her characters makes a real impact. (8/10)

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Director Review: Darren Aronofsky – This guy was built for ambitious films and this was one of his early well-funded films before his mega hits, this shows that he knows how to make the audience think. (9/10)

 

Fantasy: A great range of fantasy elements throughout. (9/10)

Romance: Proving that the men will do anything for the one they love brings the romance level right up. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Strong sci-fi elements used through all the stories.(9/10)

Special Effects: Great special effects throughout. (9/10)

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Believability: I would like to think some people will believe in eternal love. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Settings: each setting it very important to help the story flow. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest watching this to all, but I think some people will struggle to get through the film if they have shorter attention spans. If you do watch this you will get rewarded by the end. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The tree of life

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Worst Part: You really have to think when you are watching.

Kill Of The Film: Conquistador

Favourite Quote: Tom Creo ‘All these years, all these memories, there was you. You pull me through time.’

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Nope

Similar Too: Cloud Atlas

 

Overall:  Very complicated ambitious film that really has a great message.

Rating 82

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Trailer Alert – Locke

The Tom Hardy engine looks like it could be this year’s claustrophobia film. Hardy character spends the whole film drive from Wales to London dealing with many different issues on his phone, be it personal or professional. We don’t know much about why he is on the journey but the tone of his voice says he may have done something wrong.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

Where will this compare to other claustrophobic films?

Can Hardy carry a film?

Why is he driving?

My Anticipation Rating – 88%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No