The Fountain

  • 12
  • Darren Aronofsky (2005)
  • US
  • 92 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

You wait years for a film about ancient Mayans and then, like proverbial buses, two movies come along at once. Like Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, The Fountain is one of the most original and extraordinary films of recent times - though a story that features not only ancient Mayans but also a bald man living on a little planet inside a snow globe with just a tree for company is bound to attract accusations of pretentiousness as well as claims of genius. This third feature from director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) stars Hugh Jackman as a man on a thousand-year odyssey to save his beloved (Rachel Weisz, in multiple roles). In the 16th century, Jackman plays a conquistador searching for the fountain of youth in the Mayan Empire in order to save the Spanish queen from destruction. In modern-day America, Jackman seeks a cure for the cancer that's killing his wife, and in the 26th century he sits like Buddha beneath his cosmic tree, trying to figure out what it all means. Some of the audience may be doing the same, but those who stick with the movie will be rewarded with a profoundly rich experience about the meaning of life, death, love and immortality. The performances and music brilliantly complement Aronofsky's philosophical musings in one of the most haunting, perplexing and visually stunning films since Stanley Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey.

Plot Summary

Time-hopping romantic science-fiction drama starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. In three parallel stories spanning over a thousand years, a man embarks on an epic mission to defeat death and discover the secret of eternal love.

Cast and crew


Tomas / Tommy / Dr Tom Creo
Hugh Jackman
Queen Isabel / Izzi Creo
Rachel Weisz
Dr Lillian Guzetti
Ellen Burstyn
Father Avila
Mark Margolis
Grand Inquisitor Silecio
Stephen McHattie
Lord of Xibalba
Fernando Hernandez
Captain Ariel
Cliff Curtis
Donna Murphy
Sean Patrick Thomas
Ethan Suplee


Darren Aronofsky

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Jan 2007
Certificate 12