And of course, the special effects and when they appear, they are quite prominent are nothing short of amazing. The Fountain Download for free 720p Year: 2007 Director: Darren Aronofsky Runtime: 96 min. The supporting cast was excellent as well, with Ellen Burstyn standing out in particular. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The true core of the film is a man dealing with the idea of mortality. Aronofsky has out done himself again. Any summaries you may have read about the plot are null and void truly, don't judge the film by what it sounds like it will be like.
It's minimalist serves as quite a polar opposite to the profoundness of the film itself but extremely intense. I find it much simpler to focus on the technical aspects of the film, which are, as expected from director Darren Aronofsky, absolutely incredible. As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. This film does require a thinking brain to be appreciated. This is not a love story, nor is it a science fiction film although it has elements of both. It's definitely one incredible film experience. Both Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are absolutely phenomenal in their roles, with Weisz particularly standing out, playing her character with what I can only describe as held-back intensity.
I was eagerly anticipating it's release, being a big fan of Pi and Requiem for a Dream. The fact that he, and everyone, especially the woman he loves, is going to die. I had the immense pleasure of viewing this film for its second screening ever, when it was showcased at Chicago's International Film Festival. I won't spoil the surprise, but when you find out how Aronofsky and Co. I recently saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival. As I am writing this review I really don't know where to begin. The acting is absolutely superb, but then it's got Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.
Every single editing decision, every single is thought out right down to the last little detail, because it is all these little details that combine to create the broader picture, the profound meaning. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. Five hundred years later, Tom travels through space on a quest to reach the place of tranquility that Izzi spoke fondly of, using the Tree as a device to get him to the answers he needs to rest his weary mind. The script is tight, and the non-linear presentation works very well. .
Cynical hacks might decry this as a mawkish, facile rumination of saccharine proportions, but despite the sentimental themes, the film is never cloying, opting instead for a sur realistic portrayal of the nuances of one of life's most powerful emotions. It reminds me of the feeling I had as I left the theatre after the closing credits rolled on the film absolutely bewildered. Aronofsky lights these scenes with very specific soft golden lights, which place most of the setting in blackness and create an eerie, melancholy atmosphere. Many scenes in the film take place in a hospital-type setting the setting you'd normally see in filmed mediums lit with very bright white lighting. Extra kudos must be given to Ellen Burstyn who delivers an extremely heartwarming and absolutely brilliant supporting performance. Re-reading the pages of the book, he finds a rescue option.
I have nothing more to add, just see it for yourself and be impressed. The casting was superb: Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman are outstanding in their roles, with both offering utterly believable performances. Aronofsky's palette for his third feature is a swirling miasma of golden yellows, and it sets the tone for the work. But I was profoundly affected by it. He comes across an unfinished novel, The Source, written by him.
Isabella terrifying diagnosis, brain tumor that progresses, her husband, a young oncologist Thomas Cleo's goal is - to save his wife. When you are weak, and time is not in your favor, it remains the only hope for a miracle. In performances that can only be described as exquisite, Jackman and Weisz assist their director in opening up this knotty story through their soulful and romantic interpretations of desperation and peace. Their chemistry makes their stories even more entrancing. Essentially playing one lost soul, Jackman foams with remarkable anguish as he performs three separate interpretations of duty, handing in career-defining work. The score enhanced without being overbearing, which is so often the case in contemporary film.
This isn't to say that it's an imitation of Space Odyssey nor that it has similar things to say, but you do get that feeling while watching The Fountain that you are experiencing something incredibly profound. It's a movie that many people will not like, perhaps even hate. The only movie it even only slightly resembles in terms of vagueness and atmosphere is 2001: A Space Odyssey, although The Fountain is only ever so slightly more down to earth. Much of the lighting is sharp but in a soft gold colour, which creates a really specific atmosphere. Tomas Hugh Jackman is a 16th century Conquistador on a bloody hunt though a hidden Mayan temple to retrieve sap from the mythical Tree of Life for his queen Rachel Weisz , who is desperate for immortality. Not everyone will like this movie, in fact, I find it hard to believe that this will get a wide release, as it is not a commercial film. I can't even begin to describe the feelings I left the theatre with, but I can safely say that no movie has affected me quite like The Fountain has since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind two years ago and which is known as my all-time favourite movie.