THE FOUNTAIN is a New Age fantasy starring Hugh Jackman as a timeless man on a millennium-long, epic journey to forever be with Isabel, the woman he loves, played by Rachel Weisz. In 16th-century Spain, the Queen sends Tomas, the Conquistador, to Central America to find the Tree of Life and the Fountain of Youth. In the Present, 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 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, hurtles through space toward a dying star. In his spaceship are both a strange tree and haunting memories of 1,000 years of lost love.
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.
(PaPaPa, FRFRFR, CC, BB, OO, HH, AbAb, L, VV, S, N, A, M) Very strong syncretistic New Age, pagan worldview that falsely mixes several different religions, from elements of Biblical Christianity and the Genesis account of Creation to polytheistic, occult Mayan religious rituals, from Political Catholicism in 16th Century Spain to Tibetan Buddhist meditation and humanism in a futuristic 26th Century, plus some anti-Catholic, anti-Christian content; four obscenities (one "f" word) and three light profanities; some intense sequences of violence include Spanish soldiers impaled by spears, Spanish conquistador kills several Mayan warriors with his sword, man is stabbed in the stomach, several sequences of man using a needle and ink in order to tattoo himself, brain surgery on monkeys depicted, Priest whips himself to purge his sin, same priest (who is the Grand Inquisitor) hangs “heretics” upside down and drops them to their deaths, Franciscan monk is bludgeoned, three other men are killed with a sword in a mutinous melee, scientist grabs a doctor by his throat and slams him against a wall, and a Mayan priest is killed with a sacred knife; sexual content includes a man bathes his cancer-stricken wife which leads to passionate kissing, she is in the bathtub and pulls him (fully clothed) into the tub with her, and implied sex between married couple; naturalistic upper male nudity, and woman’s soldiers and legs are seen in the bathtub; alcohol use includes a man taking a celebratory shot of hard liquor; no drugs or smoking; and, godless obsession.
THE FOUNTAIN is a New Age fantasy that stars Hugh Jackman as Tomas, Tommy, and Tom, a timeless man on a millennium-long epic journey to forever be with Isabel, the woman he loves, played by Rachel Weisz.
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).
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