The Fountain

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Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 96 Minutes

Year: 2006

Boobs: Zero

One Sentence: Another mindfuck from Darren.

I don't do well with these type of movies.  These cryptic, ambiguous movies with no definition of what is really going on, and you have to spend 5 days on the imdb boards reading other peoples theory of what happened to help form your own idea of what actually occurred.   I mean it's cool, the movie makes you think and that is a good thing I suppose, but when the movie ends, and I feel confused and thinking, I don't know what just happened, and I am not going to figure it out.  I think personally, that makes it a bad movie.  

I am talking about movies here, not films.  I review movies, for people that like movies and go to the theater and have fun at the movies.  For all of you, and don't really want something where you might not ever understand it.  I don't think this is for you.   It just doesn't have enough for you to enjoy it.  So much is left out for you to guess what is going on, you are spend with most of your time trying to figure out what is going on instead of enjoying the movie.  If you can't watch and re-watch this movie it is not for you.  

Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are the stars who took a pay cut to make the movie.  They are great, Hugh Jackman especially, who I enjoy very much.  He makes the story work, and executes a believable performance in the portions where we do understand what is happening.  There is a small supporting cast, who are not necessary to much of anything.  While these performances are either fine or great, they can not save the story from it's own lack of clarity.  Webbing scenes from the past, present and future, we have a jigsaw puzzle of nice pretty little pieces that when put together, leave a big hole in the middle, while you are looking around for the rest of the pieces, that didn't actually come in the box.  I don't even think it's a renter.  

3 Stars 

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