The Fountain [WS] [DVD] [2006]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (23 out of 29)

Special Features


  • Inside The Fountain: Death and Rebirth - Gallery of 6 featuretts exploring the movie's various periods and settings
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec)
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not by subtitled).

Synopsis


The Fountain
Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador played by Hugh Jackman sets out to find the tree in order to save his queen (Rachel Weisz) from the Inquisition. Another conceptual story finds Jackman centuries later, struggling with mortality as a modern-day scientist desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. The third and most abstract concept finds Jackman as a different incarnation of the same character-idea, this time questing for eternal life within the confines of a floating sphere transporting the aged Tree of Life through the depths of space. Even more avant-garde than his breakthrough film Pi, The Fountain finds Aronofsky almost completely abandoning conventional story structure in favor of something more cinematically abstract. Though the film was originally slapped with an R by the MPAA, Aronofsky and co. re-edited it to conform to a PG-13 rating. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman - Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo
  • Rachel Weisz
    Rachel Weisz - Isabel/Izzi Creo
  • Ellen Burstyn
    Ellen Burstyn - Dr Lillian Guzetti
  • Mark Margolis
    Mark Margolis - Father Avila
  • Stephen McHattie
    Stephen McHattie - Grand Inquisitor Silecio



Customer rating

4.2
80%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for one who enjoys analyzing.

    Posted
    LIVE4ever
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This movie portrays Jackman being more sensitive than other popular movie roles he has been in, such as the X-men comic book movie series or the films Real Steal and Van Helsing. Although he shows a more sensitive side, he still plays a strong hero. As he plays the various characters in three different, yet parallel, stories he makes you a part of his journey. As the viewers follow Jackman through his quest, they too, will find themselves searching right alongside him as he journeys towards his destination. The lovely Rachel Weisz, playing the woman Jackman is trying to save, is elegant and graceful in her role. Together, Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman make this low budget film become larger than life. With heartfelt storytelling and breath taking visuals this film is truly intellectually stimulating as well as purely entertaining, as it asks the age old question: “What is the meaning of life?” This movie is full of symbolism and metaphors which assists in telling the story and keeping the veiwer engaged. The visuals and graphics used are beautifully stunning. This movie is a treat for the eyes as well as an enchantment for the mind. The music has a unique sound and beautifully slips into the heart and hooks onto the soul as it carries the moviegoer along while the story unfolds. I wish the movie was not so short. I wish there were more scenes throughout the movie or the scenes were longer in duration. Also, the ending left me wanting to see more. After this long journey, it all comes to an abrupt end. The ending was well done; however, I wish there was more to it. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone. I absolutely love this movie. I would say it is in my top ten favorite movies of all time. I would love to watch it anytime, over and over again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This movie is so underrated!

    Posted
    thisisragtime
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    MOVIE: - Inspiring work from Aronofsky once again. - Hugh Jackman demonstrates just how versatile he can be. The Fountain is arguably one of his best films. - The story beautifully touches upon themes like love, death, existentialism, and obsession. VIDEO/AUDIO: - Some scenes don't look as good as others, but overall, the video quality is good. - Clint Mansell's work sounds really good throughout the film. EXTRAS: - I love that Aronofsky's home video releases include documentaries of the making of his films. The 64 minute feature documents behind-the-scenes, interviews with Aronofsky and his crew, and even provides some background on the pre-production of the film. - I'm a big fan of Hugh Jackman so seeing the bit with Rachel Weisz interviewing him is a treat. - The Petri dish/macro loop is really pretty to watch. Love the music that plays along with it as well. The Fountain is one of those movies I can't coherently explain, but I can certainly express my appreciation for this great work of art. Darren Aronofsky and Hugh Jackman make such a great team and seeing this movie only makes me wish that they collaborate some time again in the future. I'm a very proud owner of this blu-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't Be Fooled

    Posted
    Frago

    For those who wish to sit down and watch a movie and not truly engage in it, like vast majority of today's films, this is not for you. While visually pleasing to the eye, it also requires you to think, to understand the visual clues to actually understand the movie. Not all movies hand you the storyline on a silver platter, and this is one of them. But for those who DO like to engage a movie, to look beyond just what is in front of your face, soak in the visuals, the haunting soundtrack, and a plot that builds up right from the get-go, you will not be dissapointed. While I normally never write my own thoughts about a movie, I feel that this one doesn't receive a fair chance. Too many folks out there have forgotten about what elements are needed to make a good movie when we bombarded with bland, all show and no true plot movies like Avatar, Saw, ect. ect.....they seem to over praise movies like those, yet totally bash on a movie like this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the thinkers in the world.

    Posted
    ohmygosh

    This is an amazing movie in every way. However, it is not made for people who do not like to think while watching a movie. Yes, you may have to watch it a few times to get the full story and how deep it actually runs, but when you get it, it makes you love the movie all the more. So, if you like movies with shallow plot lines that don't involve thinking, then this is not the movie for you. If you like the kind of movies that leave you in awe and can move you over and over again, then this is the movie for you. It is a work of art and very very unappreciated. My only complaint is that I ordered the movie for a friend from the web site for Christmas and it arrived with a broken case. I think its mostly due to the way they packaged the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal!

    Posted
    itsmejay
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I cannot express how much I love this film. Hugh Jackman and Rachael Weisz absolutely kill in this movie. It might be a bit too "artsy" for some, as the story can seem a bit abstract, but if you love FILMS with substance, beauty, pain, emotion, passion, vulnerability, love, dedication, a great story dealing with our morality and a life bigger than our own... then this is a must own. It is such a BEAUTIFUL film! The bathtub scene is so heartbreaking and brings me to tears every time I watch it! I actually didn't really care for the movie the first time I watched it, but I knew I needed to watch it again to "get it", and I'm glad I did, bc it is absolutely one of my favorite films ever. Love love love. Can I say that enough? Experience this film!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mind blowing

    Posted
    maxsideburn

    If you miss real cinema, movies that made you FEEL something, then this one is for you. It is a bit pretentious, but it just has such a draw that you cannot look away. It gives you chills down your spine, and the soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard. If you enjoy movies that don't just hand you the story on a platter but instead make you think and make you empathize with the characters then you will like this one. It reminds me a lot of 12 monkeys, What Dreams May Come, and other esoteric movies like that. The story actually comes to the conclusion that any buddhist will easily recognize...I will not spoil it though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A waste of my time

    Posted
    FireMike

    I could see what the director was doing, but I just kept wishing he would stop doing it! In fact, this movie is passed around as this awesome movie that you have to keep watching until it "unfolds". Haha... then, the laughs come at the end for those that actually stick it out! Invariably, every person we've duped into watching this movie, wished they could get that time wasted, back. The cinematography is very good, and the acting is good; it's all about what in my mind is a poor means of illustrating the overall story. Oh yeah, I would recommend this to a friend, and often do... but, only as a very funny joke!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Oh boy !

    Posted
    lucky55
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    Ok i'm a hugh jackman and rachel weiss fan and they are always good and they do the best job they can but in the end an actoris only as good as the director and the story.....so it is with some regret that i must say that for the most part this movie doesn't make much sense... it's not logical or linear and there are so many flashbacks involved you don't really know what is going on and by the time you figure it out another flashback is happening...and if you can figure out the ending of this film please let me in on the joke because i'm still scratching my head on that one and this is not a new movie.....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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