The Fountain In The Fountain , an unfashionably earnest meditation on death and immortality, Hugh Jackman plays a medical researcher scrambling to save his terminally ill wife… The Fountain In The Fountain , an unfashionably earnest meditation on death and immortality, Hugh Jackman plays a medical researcher scrambling to save his terminally ill wife…
DVD Review

The Fountain (2007)

ENDLESS SLEEP Jackman and Weisz play multiple, century-hopping roles looking for answers to the Big Questions in The Fountain
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ENDLESS SLEEP Jackman and Weisz play multiple, century-hopping roles looking for answers to the Big Questions in The Fountain
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 15, 2007; DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz; Distributors: Regency Enterprises and Warner Bros.

In The Fountain, an unfashionably earnest meditation on death and immortality, Hugh Jackman plays a medical researcher scrambling to save his terminally ill wife (Rachel Weisz). Director/co-writer Darren Aronofsky thickens his esoteric themes by having the actors also play a 16th-century Spanish queen and conquistador and, in a third intersecting layer, plopping Jackman in an outer-space bubble. It's visually fascinating, but also airless and baffling. EXTRAS Don't expect the one doc to provide any answers. Its biggest revelation? The Tree of Life's sap was actually frosting.

Originally posted May 15, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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