• Publication date: September 1, 2011

If you could live forever�would you? The Fountain: Freedom may lie in death

The Fountain focuses on the complications of love and mortality, as six different characters from three separate eras attempt to cure the ultimate disease, death itself. The six roles are not entirely independent however: the leading male and female in each period is an extension of a single, eternal search for everlasting romance. In fact, the male and female characters� names respectively remain similar in each stage of the film; likewise, the same actors, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz portray the two primary lovers for each generation.

The Fountain focuses on the complications of love and mortality, as six different characters from three separate eras attempt to cure the ultimate disease, death itself. The six roles are not entirely independent however: the leading male and female in each period is an extension of a single, eternal search for everlasting romance. In fact, the male and female characters� names respectively remain similar in each stage of the film; likewise, the same actors, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz portray the two primary lovers for each generation.

First viewers are transported to 16th century Spain, where Tomas is a solider fighting for Queen Isabella against her rival, Silecio during the Spanish Inquisition. Despite Silecio�s fierceness, Tomas positions himself to seamlessly assassinate the Queen�s foe. Before he does so, however, a lower officer delivers a message from Isabella, commanding him to begin another mission instead.

Tomas� new mission requires him to travel to Central America, then home of the ancient Mayans. There, he will use a map provided by Isabella to locate the Tree of Life � which is the key to immortality. With it, the Queen can not only defeat Silecio, but also hold her throne indefinitely.

The film�s second story takes place in contemporary times. Tomas is now Tommy Creo, an oncologist researching a very promising cure for cancer, which just happens to involve a compound derived from a Guatemalan tree similar to Isabella�s prized Tree of Life. Tommy�s interest in discovering a cure is motivated by his own wife�s battle with the disease, and his dream of saving her from an untimely death.

Lastly viewers are taken approximately a half-millennium into the future, where Tommy is now simply Tom � an astronaut. In his ship he keeps the Tree of Life, slowly consuming its sap to stay alive. He remains in search of his deceased wife and refuses to accept the necessity of death. By the picture�s end, however, Tom will realize that death is not an end, but a new beginning.

Year: 2006

Duration: 96 minutes

Genre: Drama/Romance/Sci-Fi

Starring:

Hugh Jackman

Rachel Weisz

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and explicit language.