Darren Aronofsky (Pl, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) is not afraid to tackle the larger questions of existence with unbridled vision and bravura style. Life, death and love everlasting form a holy trinity in the director's eagerly awaited, epic metaphysical adventure. Over the span of 1,000 years (from the 16th to the 26th century), Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn search for and find love, loss and the fountain of youth. In the 16th century, a Spanish conquistador named Tomas Crea (Hugh Jackman) is given a royal mission by Queen Isabella (Rachel Weisz), his love and liege, to find the Tree of Life in the New World. In contemporary times, Tommy Crea (Jackman) is a medical researcher, frantically searching for a cure to save his dying wife Izzi (Weisz). In the final chapter, Tom (Jackman) is an astronaut in the 26th century who must again face the ultimate questions of life, love and death.
The director's ability to draw ferocious performances from his leads (for too second time with Ellen Burstyn who was literally stunning in her role in REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) is again on display here. Jackman and Weisz pull off a tour de force, becoming three different sets of wildly diverging, yet believable, characters. Beautifully shot and powerfully acted, THE FOUNTAIN promises to become a science fiction classic that propels Aronofsky into the rank of cinematic visionary.