Speculative Fiction Saturday: The Fountain

The FountainWell, I suppose that our weird independent films month is over. I myself am currently at a gamer’s conventino in Seattle known as PAXPrime, which I will spend all of next week talking about.

I figured I would spend time talking about our 4 i’s films with our old friend Darren Aronofsky. Some of you might remember when I talked about Aronofsky before with my review of his monochromatic Pi. This director has been facing some serious bible thumping from Christians with his interpretation of Noah, but I totally respect his films like The Wrestler and Black Swan.

I get the feeling that The Fountain isn’t really independent, as it seems backed by Warner Brothers. I suppose that any film that has our old Wolvie friend Hugh Jackman and our old Mummy friend Rachel Weisz just has to be good, right. My answer to that is…maybe.

At this point in my life, I never rent any movies unless I can get some deal on Redbox. This means that I can only rent some recent videos, and whatever I can find at my local library or on Netflix. Since I wasn’t able to find The Fountain online for free or anywhere else, I am going to have to go from memory from when I saw this film back in 2006.

So, here’s what I remember. This film is actually three films. One of them takes place in 1500, as a queen commissions a knight to find the Tree of Life. Not related to the film I reviewed a few weeks ago. Oh wait, this story isn’t real, it is a story that Rachel Weisz’s character is writing in the year 2000. She is actually Izzi, a woman dying of cancer. Her husband, Tom, is trying to find a cure, and in the future. Tom is played by Hugh Jackman, who also plays some space traveler in the year 2500.

So, what is this film about? I have no blinking idea. I suppose that the true test of a good film is whether you remember it over 5 years later, and there isn’t much I remember about this. I don’t think that my vague memory of this film proves that it was forgettable. The takeaway that I remember getting from this film is how death is as fleeting as life. Yeah, that is kind of vague, but I think this is the film’s point. That, or maybe it shows how we the living see the dying. Man, I’m getting really vague with this review.

Tell you what. If you can find it, go see it. I suppose that I could say that for any movie that I talk about here, but since I can’t say that this film absolutely sucks, this is enough to tell you to give it a try. Now if you will excuse me, I’ve got to figure out next month’s theme, or if I just don’t want to do themes anymore.

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