Friday, February 16, 2007

What if you could live forever?

Went to Greenbelt 3 yesterday afternoon with the intention of catching Curse Of The Golden Flower, but it wasn't showing there. Opted to watch The Fountain instead. Turned out to be quite a movie.

Critics may argue till the cows come home that The Fountain is (or isn't) about love, death, religion and all that philosophy crap, but as far as I understand it, the movie's central theme is about choice, much like the more mainstream Click, except that the former excels on an artistic level.

This low-budget film has something of a legacy behind it in that it was once going to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, but Pitt chose to ditch the project at the last minute and director Darren Aronofsky (of Pi and Requiem For A Dream fame) eventually decided to push through with less money. The original incarnation was budgeted at US$75 million, while the one that made it to the silver screen (starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz) costs only US$35 million.

Related story:
The Fountain: A Masterpiece of 2006


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