The Fountain

I watched “The Fountain” tonight. JBQ only watched the first 25 minutes and he had to walk off because the movie was putting him to sleep, literally (his eyelids were closing while watching). I personally liked the movie quite a bit (much better than the stupid “Science of Sleep” that we had to endure 2 weeks ago). The Fountain is a movie of somewhat confusing parallels and allegories, but at its core it’s preaching “live your life at its fullest, but accept death when it comes”.

What bothered me though is that the the movie’s marketing Hollywood geniuses focused on selling it as a sci-fi movie, while in reality it’s nothing but a philosophical, metaphorical movie, nothing to do with sci-fi really. The year 1500 events are drawn from the book the wife wrote (these events never happened) and the year 2500 events simply represented the hero’s mental state. The only “real” events were the ones in the present. This is also telling from the fact that every single scene in the 2005 and 2500 events had the hero in it. The 1500 events didn’t, because it was his wife’s book story, not his (except the last chapter).

Confusing. But nice.

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mikesum32 wrote on June 6th, 2007 at 10:59 AM PST:

*Spoilers*

I saw this when it came out, but you have to wonder if his choice to go for that walk, instead of doing the research, changed the future. Maybe he did find the fountain of youth, or it was a time loop. It was just hard to wrap your brain around

The way I see it, the tree in the future was the tree he planted on her grave, but also a seed from the tree of life that he found in his research. He still didn’t make it to his goal though(in present or the future), so immortality is useless to the ones that are already dead. Therefore he should spend time with his dying wife, and not be shut-in doing research trying to save her in vain.


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Eugenia wrote on June 6th, 2007 at 11:13 AM PST:

The future never happened IMHO. It just represented his state of mind. The only real story was the present time. It’s open to speculation of course.


royalbee wrote on June 7th, 2007 at 6:17 AM PST:

i think the future is the last chapter of the book – he even appears to the priest in the temple


Uri wrote on June 8th, 2007 at 5:07 AM PST:

I saw this movie a few weeks ago. Personally, I loved the plot, the acting, the graphics and the fact that after the movie ends you have to think about it to connect all the dots. It is about life, it is about death, it is about love. I finished watching this movie at 3 AM, went to bed, woke up my wife and told her we’re both taking a day off the next day. Maybe this movie isn’t the greatest cinematic creation ever made, but it granted me an extra beautiful day with my wife, an achievement no other movie can claim.


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