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The Fountain

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • 2005
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • 92 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Tomas / Tommy / Dr Tom CreoHugh Jackman
Queen Isabel / Izzi CreoRachel Weisz
Dr Lillian GuzettiEllen Burstyn
Father AvilaMark Margolis
Grand Inquisitor SilecioStephen McHattie
Lord of XibalbaFernando Hernandez
Captain ArielCliff Curtis
BettyDonna Murphy
AntonioSean Patrick Thomas
MannyEthan Suplee

Crew

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DirectorDarren Aronofsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2007-01-26
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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