Abstract New Age Propaganda
Release Date: November 22, 2006
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Executive Producer: Nick Wechsler
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
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In 16th Century Spain, the Queen sends Tomas, the Conquistador, to Central America to search for and find the hidden Tree of Life and the Fountain of Youth. Flash forward to the Present where Tommy, a research scientist, desperately searches for a cure to his wife’s cancer. Using samples from a strange, one-of-a-kind tree found in Central America, Tommy has a major breakthrough that could be the key to immortality, but has he found the cure in time to save his love? Flash forward to 26th-century space where, Tom, the astronaut, is traveling through space toward a dying star. In his bubble spaceship with him are both a strange tree and the haunting memories of 1,000 years of lost love.
Deftly weaving together all three storylines, THE FOUNTAIN, takes viewers on a fantastical and metaphysical journey where time and space collide. Flashing forward and backward in between the time periods, writer/director Darren Aronofsky creates an intriguing, though bizarre, character study that is the perfect performance vehicle for star Hugh Jackman. A consummate performer, Hugh’s portrayal of Tommy is wonderful and engaging. Rachel Weisz also does a wonderful job as Tom’s dying wife, Isabel. Her performance has a simple honesty that brings real humanity to her character.
The problems with THE FOUNTAIN arise from its mixed religious and New Age pagan worldviews. With strong Buddhist imagery, the writer mixes legendary occult Mayan practices with Judeo-Christian elements of the story of Creation. There are even implied elements of reincarnation and earned immortality, both of which are counterfeit forms of the eternal life that is offered by salvation through Jesus Christ alone.
In a true example of syncretism, Mr. Aronofsky’s attempt to reconcile as many pagan, atheist, occult, polytheistic, and monotheistic beliefs into one New Age piece of propaganda results in a movie that ultimately fails. It is creative and well produced and the characters are engaging, but the writer’s proselytizing will turn away many audiences. Furthermore, Media-Wise people of faith don’t need to search for a fountain of youth when they understand that they have the Rock of Ages to which they can cling. Studying other religions and other mythical worldviews may help us come to a deeper understanding of the eternal, transcendent values of God and His Creation. As Paul notes in Romans 1 and 2, the Creation reflects the Eternal Power and Divine Nature of God to all people in all times in all places. In the end, however, we must come back to what God has actually revealed in history, not only through His Word written, the Bible, but also through Jesus Christ, our Divine Savior.
Thus, because of its highly problematic indoctrination and mixed New Age worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® must put THE FOUNTAIN into our Abhorrent Rating (Minus Four).
THE FOUNTAIN deftly weaves together three storylines and features fine performances by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. The movie's worldview, however, is a very strong New Age, pagan worldview that mixes strong Buddhist imagery, Mayan practices, occultism, and Judeo-Christian elements of the story of Creation. The movie's New Age worldview is abhorrent.