A search for a fountain of immortality becomes a discovery of the human condition.
Set over three separate periods of time and three separate lives, the story interwinds within the characters’ refusal to accept morality and save the lives of the ones they love. Stricken with grief and spurred by desire the three stories search for the mystery of the Fountain.
From the life of a Conquistador to the story of a couple living in a futuristic timeline and a modern doctor, despairing that his wife is dying of a brain tumor. As the stories intertwine the desires of each character define their own personal journey from curing death itself to understanding the meaning of mortality. Ultimately discovering that everything eventually has its purpose as its time.
The main characters are portrayed by the same actor and actress in the story with Tomas, Thomas and Tommy being played by Hugh Jackman (Van Helsing, Wolverine) and Isabella and Izzi being played by Rachel Weisz (Enemy at the Gates, About a Boy) who portray the separate lives of people seeking the same goal. The men strive to place a stopper in death while the woman accepts that there are things they cannot change they find comfort in the singularity of existence.
This is a very intelligently made film with an ambitious story; while the stories do not play in a linear fashion each action taken by a character is relatable to the following actions taken by others. The direction of Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Mother!) continues his cerebral style of film making and viewers will be enthralled by the stunning visuals and riveting story from start to finish. The Fountain is a tale that combines elements of romance and lost love with drama and adventure and the way that each of these styles is brought together makes for a truly emotional and involving story.