Another Darren Aronofsky masterpiece that redefined fantasy and science fiction genres. With three stories that intersect but still are set in different times, he really managed to make a work of art, with very strange and abstract scenes with breathtaking beauty. This dreamy approach stretched the definition of a modern movie. Definitely style-over-substance, it still deals with questions that have puzzled humanity for centuries. All three stories follow man’s quest for eternal love and immortality, a common theme in myths and movies.
Visually stunning with experienced actors like Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, The Fountain is a real eye candy. On downside, if you are not so much interested in obscure and strange movies you might find it a bit boring. Especially because it fits perfectly with the dissolving ideology of younger generations, packaged with a mishmash of ideas that are ultimately barren. A bitter man, might think that, and I try not to be that man and look at this movie as a work of art, without baggage. And that is the truth and the way you should approach it, as a lens that will enable you to visualize certain concepts in a awe-inspiring way. If you drink from the fountain, you will be granted visions never seen before but also be drained afterwards. Enjoy.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Cliff Curtis, Ethan Suplee, Sean Patrick Thomas
Fun Stuff: Instead of using CGI, Aronofsky chose to do the special effects for the film by using micro-photography of chemical reactions on tiny petri dishes. He has said that CGI would take away from the timelessness of the film and that he wants the film to stand the test of time.