Darren Aronofskys THE FOUNTAIN is sure to enchant beguile and inspire intense debate among his fans. During the gap since 2000s REQUIEM FOR A DREAM Aronofsky had struggled to bring THE FOUNTAIN to the screen principally because leading man Brad Pitt dropped out of the project. The complex tale is split into three different time periods beginning in the 16th century when a conquistador named Tomas (Hugh Jackman) strives to find the Tree of Life. The second part of the story finds Jackman playing a Buddha-like character who zips through outer space and dreams of a woman named Izzi (Rachel Weisz). And the third part which consumes most of the films screen time is set in the present day and sees Jackman playing a doctor named Tommy who is married to the terminally ill Izzi. In this third section Tommy strives to find a cure for Izzis brain tumour and makes some progress after experimenting on a monkey with a substance discovered in a tree in South America. Meanwhile Izzi has been writing a book that she calls THE FOUNTAIN but has left the final chapter for Tommy to write. As Aronofsky pushes and pulls his sepia-tinted film between the three time periods he weaves a deeply thoughtful special effects-laden story that touches on themes of mortality and self and requires a great deal of work from the directors audience. Movies such as Kubricks 2001 and Tarkovskys SOLARIS come to mind as Aronofsky gets deep into philosophical waters and the various story strands of THE FOUNTAIN are as inconclusive and open to interpretation as the films that have clearly influenced it. The film makes for uneasy and sometimes confusing viewing but will find its audience among intrepid souls who are fully prepared to let go and immerse themselves in Aronofskys peculiar daring and thoughtful cinematic universe.
Behind the Story featurettes - 'Vfx Step By Step', 'Life On Ship' and 'Inside The Director's Mind - Scene To Storyboard Comparison', Inside The Fountain - Death and Rebirth featurettes - 'Australia', 'The 21st Century', 'Spain-16th Century', 'New Spain', 'The Endless Field', 'The Future' and 'The Interview' , Peter Parks Bonus - Macro Photography Loop, Easter Egg - Darren Hair and more,
Release Date: 28 May 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: DTS 5.1
Running Time: 96 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
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