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Tomas is so desperate to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife that he misses out on quality time with her. All she wants is for him to accept what is happening to her and learn to accept life as it is. He seems to have searched for the Fountain of Youth for centuries.
Fantasy Sci-Fi - This is an unconventional romantic fantasy that encompasses costume
period adventure, modern day drama, and futuristic sci-fi. The
resulting mix will be confusing and hard to follow for many as
meanings and explanations are in short supply. Fans of stars Hugh
Jackman and Rachel Weisz may find a lot to savor here though.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Technically, this is an impressive motion picture, but the fragmented story results in poor character development and Aronofsky's clinical approach limits identification. The overall experience fails to satisfy on a basic level. This is one of those films it's easier to be impressed with than it is to like.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "The Fountain" is an ambitious folly, that's hardly inappropriate because the movie itself is about one of humankind's most grandiose follies, the quest for eternal life. Aronofsky (director) dares to hurl himself, and his movie, way "out there" -- in three narrative directions at once. But unlike some other films that have divided critics this year, "The Fountain" springs from a passion to take risks...
USA TodayFull Review Below Average The Fountain overflows with pretensions and absurdity. Though his movie is visually inventive, writer/director Darren Aronofsky has fashioned a ponderous, overblown, genre-bending mess. What he is able to accomplish stylistically he cannot pull off in the arena of narrative substance.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 69 moviegoers: WOW! These opinions are all over the place! This makes it impossible to accurately help you know if this is a movie YOU might enjoy. Unfortunately, what I'm seeing is that most of the opinions are on the low to very low side. Only a small percentage rated it high. So, some of you will enjoy "The Fountain," but most of you will not. If you're like me and really want to see this unusual sci-fi movie, even though the opinions aren't very good, I would strongly suggest a matinee to save a few bucks, just in case you are disappointed.
An odyssey about one man's eternal struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th-century Spain, where conquistador Tomas (HUGH JACKMAN) commences his search for the Fountain of Youth, the legendary entity believed to grant immortality. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo, he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife, Isabel (RACHEL WEISZ). Traveling through deep space as a 26th-century astronaut, Tom begins to grasp the mysteries that have consumed him for a millennium. The three stories converge into one truth, as the Thomas of all periods—warrior, scientist, and explorer—comes to terms with life, love, death and rebirth.