373. The Fountain (2006)

4.0 Pretentious
  • Acting 3.0
  • Directing 7.0
  • Story 2.0
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Running Time: 98 mins

The Fountain is an American film about the quest for immortality, and how it can be more hurtful to experience the losses of loved ones over thousands of years than to die yourself (at least that’s what I got from it.)

This is by far the artsiest film I have ever seen. Not just because it was visually insane, with random special effects just going off like fireworks all set off at once, but also because the writing was designed to be as thought-provoking, and open to interpretation as possible, which became thoroughly frustrating as the film wore on.

Being artsy isn’t a good thing by the way. Despite the intentions of this film seeming relatively interesting, it was always foreseeable that this would become something that had no direct aim or storyline, making it often boring and extremely irritating to at least attempt to follow.

The film focusses on three different men, who may or may not be the same person (it’s quite predictable what the outcome is), living in different time periods, but the fact that this theme of the film was left so vague was not enjoyable to me, as although I had to a bit of thinking to actually get what the hell was going on in the story at all, it was just so boring to think about, and I rapidly lost interest, wanting so much to fall asleep.

But I persevered only to be further disappointed, and because of that as a whole, I’ll give this film a 4.1.


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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com