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The Fountain

USA 2006
produced by
Arnon Milchan, Iain Smith, Eric Watson, Nick Wechsler (executive) for Warner Brothers, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures
directed by Darren Aronofsky
starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie, Fernando hernandez, Cliff Curtis, Sean Patrick Thomas, Donna Murphy, Ethan Suplee, Richard McMillan, Lorne Brass, Abraham Aronofsky, Renee Asofsky, Anish Majumdar, Janique Kearns, Boyd Banks, Alexander Bisping, Kevin Kelsall, Patrick Vandal, Marcello Brezina
story by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, screenplay by Darren Aronofsky, music by Clint Mansell, special effects by Giant Killer Robots, Group Image Buzz, Intrigue, visual effects by Intelligent Creatures, LOOK! Effects, Mokko Studios

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Izzi (Rachel Weisz), a writer and free spirit, is slowly dieing from a brain tumor. Tommy (Hugh Jackman), her husband, just won't accept that, and since he's working in cancer research anyways, he works all that much harder to find a cure, even if that means occasionally neglecting her. Eventually, he finds the cure in an old Mayan recipe, and manages to not only cure his test monkey but to make him better than ever before. before he can apply the cure on Izzi though, she dies away before his very eyes ...

 

Now that wouldn't be much of a movie, right, that's why The Fountain has a second layer made up from dreams and from a story Izzi is writing: Here, Izzi is the Spanish Queen Isabella who is fighting against the inquisition, and Tommy is a conquistador who goes to Middle America to get the secret of life from the Mayans, even if it means their death - but ultimately, he has to realize he himself is the secret of life, the body out of which grows the tree of life - quite literally.

 

To hold these two story threads together, we see a lot of Tommy meditating, sometimes with a shaved head, and going to a sort of dreamworld.

 

Apparently someone must have thought, the film (and especially its script) was an intellectual achievement. Now I will admit as much: The interlinking of the present and past stories is at times interesting to say the least. But that's about it. Unfortunately, director Darren Aronofsky fails to give the movie the intellectual background it needs, instead relies heavily on special effects on one side and on esoteric kitsch on the other, making this an incredibly cheesy piece of pseudo-intellectual nothingness, that at times is actually nothing short of annoying ... what a waste of time and money.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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