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05. 11.

The Fountain
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Cast and Characters
Hugh Jackman ... Tomas/Tommy/Dr. Tom Creo
Rachel Weisz ... Queen Isabel/Izzi Creo
Ellen Burstyn ... Dr. Lillian Guzetti

The Fountain is an odyssey about one man's thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th century Spain, where conquistador Tomas Creo (Hugh Jackman) commences his search for the Tree of Life, the legendary entity believed to grant eternal life to those who drink of its sap. 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 of life that have consumed him for more than a century.

RATING: 4 buckets
REVIEW: A lot of people hated this movie, they found it slow and strange, and said that it was boring. I went in only knowing that Rachel Weisz was in it, and I adore her, so I didn't get my expectations terribly high. It's a strange movie, dreamlike even, but I think that's why I liked it. This is the story of a marriage, a dying marriage, but also of faith and wanting to live forever even knowing you can't. Yes, it has its WTH passages, but I think they're a smaller part of the film, they're not the core or the heart of it, they don't take away the quest inside of this man to save the life of his wife. I rather keep that with me, and all the beautiful sceneries that appear in this movie. For effort, for visual effect and for the wonderful performances (really, who knew Hugh Jackman could pull off something other than Wolverine?), I give it four delicious buckets of popcorn.

RATING: 4 buckets
REVIEW: During the entirety of this film I was in a complete state of... awe. It's breathtaking. One of the most cinematically beautiful films I've ever seen. The story is strange, and it sweeps in and out. I could see where some might be confused by the plot or the timelines. But, I wasn't. I found it deftly crafted and very clearly a mirror of many theories on the properties of time and space. The characters and plot are very well thought out... Izzy with her elegance and easy grace; Tom with his passion and loyalty. They are amazing figures and their love really does seem like it could last an eternity. All in all a wonderful movie, but only for those willing to look a little deeper.

- 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.
- The score, composed by Clint Mansell, is played by the Kronos Quartet and the Scottish rock band Mogwai.
- When the first version of the script was shelved and production was halted Aronofsky rewrote the script and re-envisioned the film. The first version of the script was turned into a graphic novel illustrated by Kent Williams and released as a softcover and limited edition hardback book. The final version of the film, with its reduced budget and new leading cast, made extensive use of unique non-CGI special effects to save on production costs and give the picture a more "organic" feel.
- Darren Aronofsky did not shave his beard till the production was finished. This tradition started back while shooting his movie Pi (1998)
- Of the 70 extras cast as Mayan Warriors, 20 were actually real Mayans flown in from Guatemala. Actor Fernando Hernandez ,who played the Lord of Xibalba, was the only one who could speak English. Before shooting at the Mayan pyramid, the Mayan actors blessed the set.

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