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Reviewer Says, in 1-30-2010 at 13:34:49 from     

Summary: take a Spanish conquistador, a shaved tree-hugger and a monkey brain surgeon as embodiments of the same fellow; add to it generous quantity of corny cliched dialogues and you have the Fountain.

It is an over-“intellectualized” and over-“spiritualized” sci-fi drivel melodrama kind of a flick.

For very select audience.

Rating: 1 / 5

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Steven Moreland Says, in 1-30-2010 at 16:10:26 from     

I’ll sum this up in layman’s terms…1.HARD TO FOLLOW. 2. HARD TO GET INTO. 3. NEVER understood it. 4. THE ENDING? HUH? . 5.Cannot believe Hugh Jackman would make a movie as horrible as this.
Rating: 1 / 5

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Adam Donaghey Says, in 1-30-2010 at 18:24:45 from     

Given a purely visual sequence, Darren Aronofsky presents a stream of images and music, stunning and imaginative. His eye for design is remarkable and new, and his ear for composition is breathtaking. His narrative, however, is something quite different. Not only trite and boorish, but yet another example of careless ineptitude, with regards to key elements of story-telling. Much like Aronofsky’s “breakthrough” film, ‘Pi,’ ‘The Fountain’ appears overly-pretentious, cliché, and utterly annoying. While in the theater, I remember thinking more about what I was going to do after seeing the film, than the film itself.

I’ve often found that many people are too quick to judge an inescapably mundane film some sort of artistic achievement, purely due to its deviation from the norm. If you don’t understand it, it’s probably smart; right? In the case of ‘The Fountain’, I found myself wishing I didn’t understand the film; that way, at least I could play ignorant. At least then I could leave the theater with some sense of wonder. Instead, I left completely unchanged. Aronofsky had done the same thing again: he’d created something workaday, yet packaged it in something grand.

For all its mesmerizing visuality and hypnotic harmony, ‘The Fountain’ merely toys with the Big Questions, and never really gives any incite. Aronofsky really cuts off his nose to spite his face with all of his hack-editing and repetitive sequences. Issues like ‘love conquering science,’ ‘man questioning God,’ and the ‘acceptance of death’ are strewn together and mixed widely without any forethought or strategy. The great tragedy of this film rests solely in those who have faith in it: as noted throughout, the soundtrack is phenomenal and the cinematography is right-on; the acting is superb; and the passion is without question, dignified. Unfortunately, these virtues seem wasted given the shallowness of the film as a whole.
Rating: 2 / 5

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fluffy, the human being. Says, in 1-30-2010 at 19:38:32 from     

I didn’t care that lots of people forwarned me that this film sucked. I hear that 2001: a space odyssey had lots of detractors when it was first released. so i was hoping for a misunderstood masterpiece. well, once again in life, my hopes were dashed. whereas 2001 (stanley kubrick’s masterpiece) is understated, with brilliant low-key performances by the actors, this is overly-melodramatic B-movie mediocrity. I turned it off at the 80 minute mark. i didn’t care about these people at all, because they obviously were not real people. they were actors through and through. bad actors to boot. stiff, bad actors in a silly movie that could have been made for TV back in the 70’S. nothing about this film was convincing. it was not hard to follow, it just stunk. if you like this sort of thing, more power to you. i wish you well. I just found it a waste of time.
Rating: 1 / 5

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Dresden fan Says, in 1-30-2010 at 20:50:26 from     

This is one of the worst film ever. Unfortunately, I did not read the reviews first before renting it. You probably have to be a Zen Buddhist to appreciate this one…total waste of time!!!
Rating: 1 / 5

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