Opening 18 Jan 2007
Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) and starring Hugh Jackman (X Men) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy), The Fountain is an unusual mixture of adventure, drama and metaphysical experience.
Three stories, with the same protagonists but set in different eras, interweave through this visually stunning movie: the 16 th century tale of Queen Isabella of Spain and the conquistador Tomas, whom she sends off to the Americas to find the legendary Tree of Life; the contemporary story of scientist Tommy Creo and his dying wife Izzi, for whom he searches for a cure, discovering that a bark from a rare South American tree carries stunning properties of rejuvenation; and the mystical experiences of two beings in another dimension, beyond physical reality and the threat of mortality.
The realization of The Fountain is amazing, with interesting camera angles, breathtaking special effects and all round solid acting performances. Aronofsky is obviously trying to convey his personal understanding of inner and outer life and how we are caught up in on-going, evolutionary experiences across space and time. To have the courage to make this attempt is truly praiseworthy – especially in this age of high-speed entertainment. While some may find his vision confusing, controversial or downright blasphemous, others will certainly appreciate if not necessarily agree with it. For many, however, his ideas will ring true and inspiring. (Osanna Vaughn)