Monday, July 23, 2012

The Fountain (2006)

Number Rolled: 10
Movie Name/Year: The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Sci-Fi Drama, Romantic Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie, Fernando Hernandez, Cliff Curtis, Sean Patrick Thomas, Donna Murphy, Ethan Suplee

I have to admit, I screwed up with this movie. I tend to multi-task when I watch movies and I attempted to do that with this. Director Aronofsky simply would not let that fly. This is not a movie for casual movie night with the family. You need to get yourself settled and ready to think.

The beginning of the movie is roughly like opening a random Sci-fi/Fantasy novel right in the middle and starting to read. Which, I admit, pissed me off for a little bit. So I dropped what I was doing and laid down to watch the rest. Currently, my forehead hurts. It’s not because of a headache, but because for the past two hours my eyebrows were scrunched so tightly together it might not have been easy to tell that I had two of them. I was so past confused that I actually made a 180 and started to understand.

Let me take a minute to say that Hugh Jackman really pulled this off. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like him in some things, but they’ve always been violent movies. This movie didn’t involve violence. He kind of had to pull off a scientist/monk personality and he did.

I can’t really describe what the movie was about, because even a mild description could give it away. It was a fragmented, disembodied, seemingly unconnected storyline that all pulled together at the end. It clicked like that last piece of a puzzle. So I won’t reveal the storyline, but I will say that it is a heartbreaking take on a mix of Mayan and Biblical cultures and where they intersect.

This is not a movie I would have ever watched if it weren’t for this project and that would have been a crime.

Overall Opinion – 4/5

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