November 16, 2005

The Trailer Park: The Fountain

It has been awhile since Darren Aronofsky has made a movie. The last thing I had heard his name attached to was a Batman: Year One project that he was working on with Frank Miller. Sadly, that did not come to fruition, that could have been one heckuva movie!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Aronofsky's work, you should be. His first feature was a twisted little film called Pi. It has been a little while since I've seen it and my memories are a bit fuzzy, but what I do remember is it being a rather intense and gritty film about a man who has figured out a mathematical system to control the stock market, but there are other uses for it as well. His next film was the powerfully gruesome anti-addiction movie called Requiem for a Dream. That was a great film about the affects of addiction in it's many forms, primarily drugs.

Recently this film came to my attention. I don't know what the story is, precisely, and it isn't opening until next year, yet here we are, faced with the first teaser trailer. After watching the trailer, all I can say is that I cannot wait to see more!

The Fountain stars Hugh Jackman (a role originally slated for Brad Pitt) and Rachel Weisz. From what I gather it is about a search for the fountain of youth and is told across a span of 1000 years. three time periods are touched upon, 1500, 2500, and the present day. Each period is told with the same primary actors. I look forward to seeing how the three periods tie together. I also cannot wait to get a more extensive look at the visual inventiveness that can be glimpsed in the trailer.

The teaser trailer has no dialog, and is primarily choked in darkness, yet the sequential clips of the time periods with the simple and sparse percussive beat behind it are so terribly intriguing.

I guess you may want to see it for yourself? You can see the trailer at the film's QuickTime site, where the also have an hi definition version.

So, off with you. Go check it out and report back on what you find.


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