The Fountain (2006)
Vacuous and trite
Reviewed by Simon on 2007-06-12
A brilliant scientist is absorbed by his work searching for a cure for cancer, whilst his artistic, spiritual wife is dying of... well, guess. A more trite scenario can hardly be imagined, but it is from this platform that Aronofsky delivers vacuous symbolism to make his case that religion is better than science because religion can make death more bearable, whilst science can't even find meaning in life. Whilst this may be true, it doesn't change the fact that religion is a load of made up nonsense whilst science has at least produced some cool toys like the cameras and computers Aronofsky uses to ply his trade. If you believe in some form of religion already, you may well enjoy this affirmation - otherwise, you might enjoy the pretty CGI but the banality of the film is likely to annoy.