Spanning over 3 time periods, the Fountain follows the life of Tom (Hugh Jackman) a Spanish Conquistador, a Doctor trying to cure Cancer, and a lone spaceman guarding the Tree of Life.
As the Inquisator is bringing Spain to its knees, Tomas is sent by the queen to find the Tree of Life, hidden somewhere in South America, with only a few good soldiers and a wise priest, he must brave the Mayan Civilisation to reach his goal.
Whilst trying to cure cancer, Tommy's wife Izzy is slowly dying of a Brain Tumor. In her last few days, she gives Tommy a book she has been writing, and the book is called 'The Fountain'.
And in the future, Tom has the sole purpose of guarding the dying Tree of Life. He needs to rekindle its life by sending it into a new star that is being born inside a dying star.
Everyone will have a different opinion, but I can guarentee one thing, you'll be talking about it for days. If it is trying to understand it, praising it, or spreading the word of how incredibly annoying and confusing it was, you won't easily forget it.
For me, this shows the sign of a good show. Darren Aronofsky has done the ever difficult, third film in a career, wonderfully and Clint Mansell has done nothing wrong in the the dramtic and inspiring music to go with it.
Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are superb and you can tell they enjoyed doing it. The special affects are amazing (inside the dying star) and both the past and present stories fit together perfectly.
The idea of a dagger being the key to a lost Mayan Temple is clever and is a different twist.
An enjoyable film to watch, but as a warning, if you like films were the bad guy does something wrong and the good guy fixes it by shooting everyone he sees, this is not the film for you.