The Fountain

Release Date: November 22, 2006
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48/52 Les Winan Pure gibberish. Well, at least the 25 minutes I made it through.
117/159 David Mumpower I am certain that there is a blueprint for this movie that makes sense in Darren Aronofsky's mind, but he failed to film it.
185/200 Max Braden Too philosophically ambitious, too mystic, too disconnected. Some of the cinematography is really beautiful while parts are shot with overly aggressive angles. A headscratcher.

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The Fountain has been a project long in development. Back in 2002 Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were cast in the lead roles, but Pitt reportedly had major creative differences with writer-director Darren Aronofsky. Pitt left the project to film another movie and production was shut down. Two years later, and with a smaller budget, work began again; this time with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz as the leads. It has now been six years since his last work, and in that time he has developed an original story that dares to ask questions that may not have easy answers. The movie spans over one thousand years, between the past, present, and future. Specific details are vague and closely guarded, but the story involves the universal concepts of love, death, spirituality, mortality, and even the essence of life.

No matter what the concept, given Aronofsky’s history it is sure to be a well-made and very thought-provoking story. His two previous films, Pi and Requiem for a Dream, have dazzled art house audiences with their powerful, atmospheric tales. He has guided his actors - both unknowns and award-winners such as Ellen Burstyn - to some of the best performances of their careers. And if Requiem is any guide, the music score will include haunting melodies that will stick with you for some time. A limited release to select markets is almost a certainty for this bizarre project. (Michael Bentley/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Fountain
Main Cast Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz
Supporting Cast Ellen Burstyn, sean gullette, Sean Patrick Thomas, Donna Murphy, Mark Margolis
Director Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriter Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 86 minutes
Screen Count 1,400 (Estimated)
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