November 16th, 2007

Hijinks Ensue

The Fountain

I've just watched The Fountain on DVD. It's cleverly written and the camerawork is hauntingly beautiful. Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman both do a fantastic job as lead actors.

The story is made up of three interwoven time periods. In the first, Tomas (Jackman) is a conquistador sent on a quest by Queen Isabella (Weisz) to the new world to find the tree of life. In the near future, Tommy is a medical researcher on a quest to find a cure for cancer before his wife Izzy is killed by an aggressive brain tumour. Izzy is working on a novel called The Fountain that describes the events of the first time stream, but she is unable to write the final chapter. In the far future, Jackman's character is on a far stranger quest that I won't spoil for you...

I think the title should have been something different - The Tree has been used several times before, but The Road to Awe would have been appropriate.