The Fountain

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Released 2006

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Director:
Darren Aronofsky
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
The Fountain is a 2006 drama from visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in a story about the eternal nature of love and inescapable human mortality. Jackman and Weisz play two lovers in three different moments in time. In the 16th century, they are a conquistador and a queen. In 2005, they are a scientist and his dying wife. In 2500, he is a space explorer with visions of a lost love. Through these three stories, the audience pieces together the relationship between a couple whose time as a couple comes to a tragically early end. As their love for one another grows stronger, they form a bond that will hopelessly outlast their physical ability to be together. Part period piece, part fantasy, and part science fiction, this film is a sober and touching look at the unfortunate confines of the human condition. The Fountain was well-received by critics and audiences and features an original score by Clint Mansell.moreless

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  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The problem, though, is that its techniques run too far beyond its ideas, which are blurry and banal, rather than mysterious and resonant. The Fountain is something to see, but it ...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Bloated and logy, and art-directed within an inch of its life, the movie shovels heaps of phony portent and all-purpose mystical imagery onto a thin and maudlin plot.

  • 40

    Variety

    Suffered from production fits and starts and reportedly has been cut down from a longer running time to a still tedious and repetitious hour and a half.

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Time Travel, Futuristic, Mythology, Love & Romance