Big question: Can Aronofsky's visuals surprise us yet again? Does the pretentious storyline of "The Fountain" hold together?
Catch it: If you aspire to be a monkey brain surgeon. (Jackman's present-day character is dedicated to the craft.) What other movie will give you pointers?
Bottom line: Jackman's performance sometimes pulls you in, but "The Fountain" is too fragmented to become the mind-blowing movie Aronofsky wants to make about how finding true love is the real way to live forever. The ending borders on parody, and if there's a wavelength you can ride to feel touched and enlightened by "The Fountain," it appears to have skipped my stop.
Bonus: Stop taking public transportation. Giant floating orbs are lighter and faster--and smell a lot better!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Directed and written by Darren Aronofsky; photographed by Matthew Libatique; edited by Jay Rabinowitz; production designed by James Chinlund; music by Clint Mansell; produced by Eric Watson, Arnon Milchan, Iain Smith. A Warner Bros. Pictures & Regency Enterprises release; opens Wednesday. Running time: 1:36. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of violent action, come sensuality and language).
Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo - Hugh Jackman
Isabel/Izzi Creo - Rachel Weisz
Dr. Lillian Guzetti - Ellen Burstyn
Father Avila - Mark Margolis
Grand Inquisitor Silecio - Stephen McHattie
Captain Ariel - Cliff Curtis