I've been waiting to watch this film since I saw it in the theater as a preview. Being a Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz fan I was excited to see this film being advertised on commercial as "love that spans the end of time" kind of theme. I'm a big movie aficionado and I'm open to just about anything out there. I LOVE MOVIES. After watching this dribbel, I was shocked that this movie was "greenlighted" at all. I guess it pays to be sleeping with an Oscar winner to get something this horrible to be made. It was beyond boring and utterly dull. Please don't think it's because I "just didn't get it". As the others have said .... we got it .... over and over again. It was actually pounded on my head over and over again. All I'm left with after the movie finally ends is how much I want my 90 minutes back. If only I can go back in time ... not unlike the Hugh Jackman character ... transporting myself back in reality telling my self "DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE". You'll regret it.
Well, can't say the movie left no impression on you.
I was'nt THAT disappointed. Sure, movies which blend/bend time tend to parlay with pretentiousness. Throw in characters' who attempt (with whatever chemistry their skills allow) to tie together a plot that is thin (shallow?) at best.
Not a formula for success in moviedom.
Though your tastes might disagree (maybe not,i checked out your listmania list) this movie reminded me (primarily due to the soundtrack) of the much better (imo) movie 'SOLARIS' with George Clooney.
On a slightly different note, if you enjoy the kinda movie that includes "love that spans the end of time"?......
Yup Richard, I agree. Without getting into all the breakdowns' on why the movie worked or did'nt work(?)...It was a daring bit of movie-making and I would like to see more along these lines (and themes).
Refreshing. I felt the chemistry between the two lead characters' worked enough to carry the story. :) (humm
Judi -if you regret watching this movie and find it "horrible" you should now consider going back in time and eliminating this "review".
No interest in the hearafter? No curiosity about how others picture death or eternal life? Is this all there is? Is death a door to the road to awe? Or is it a disease for which there is a cure? Too busy to take a couple of hours to explore your mind's take on this subject by exposing it to Aronofsky's vision?
This particular work of art is a beautiful and powerful meditation on mortality. It's closest kinship is with What Dreams May Come.
Reflections and meditations on what may come after death are by definition uncertain imagination. No one has returned to tell us with certainty what comes next. Even the religious require faith.
If you are so limited in imagination and curiosity as to find Aronofsky's visually stunning meditation "beyond boring and utterly dull" it would seem prudent to immediately move on instead of wasting your time and ours by 'thinking' enough to post this indictment.
I'm writing this reply in the midst of my fifth viewing of the DVD. Those who brought this movie to light have spent 15 years at it and there is plenty here to ponder. I find it exquisite visually and fascinating spiritually. Then again the eternal question of life after death or eternal life interests me.
I would love to personally thak the makers of this film for their effort and dedication in bring their vision to the screen. These are highly intelligent cinema artists who's effort is to be commended.
It's ambitious and amazing and well worth the time to watch and the money to own. I'm certain that I will watch it often along with What Dreams May Come, Flatliners, Meet Joe Black, Stay, Jacob's Ladder, The Jacket, Contact, Ghost, The Last Temptation of Christ, Faraway So Close, Defending Your Life, Heaven Can Wait, Wings of Desire, the Rapture, City of Angels, The Sixth Sense, and Beetlejuice when I wish to consider my own mind's eye view of what comes after death.
I'm curious about death and the hereafter and how other's see it and this is one of the best and most beautiful films ever made to address the subject.
Once you realize it's not about love- it's not a love story- you might grasp it a bit more. That may be the framework but this story is a death story.
The lead character is not consumed with love.. there is no drawn out romantic idealization that pulls on the very core of your heart and makes you oo and aa at the show of acted emotional interplay.
He is consumed with death, her death, leaving himself blind to their love. He wants to stop death, but the story is a lesson in the beauty and tranquility of death.. how human beings efforts to thwart it are born out of the skewed perceptive that death is something that -needs- to be stopped.
This movie is visually unique, but that takes a secondary seat to its presentation of a higher consciousness about -death-.
wait!!! I think I want to like this movie, I don't have anything "bad" to say about it. It just really confused me....um, the thing that keeps driving me insane is HOW DID HE END UP IN THE BUBBLE THING?! The only thing I can even guess at it is supposed to represent something else...but what?!
Wow. It's really amazing that almost every positive review i've seen for this movie, and even the film itself, has been described as pretentious. It is the most original movie i've seen in years, and i think it really just needs some more time to be appreciated. I love it as i also loved requiem for a dream. These are movies that can't really be placed into any particular genre, which is probably something that disturbs a lot of viewers, but i'm not interested in writing reviews to try and change or challenge opinions. Simply put is a treasure of as movie. As for the story, i am open to the fact that its left for some interpretation. The most straightforward concept is the story in the present is the main plot, while the past is izzy's writing, obviously coping with her condition and putting her life in a creative dramatic perspective. As for the bit in the future, izzy left unwritten for tom to finish for him to attain his own closure. However, I like to think that from his research with the monkey and the 'tree of life' sample he actually does find a cure for death as he sort of vows to do at the end. He then spends the next 500 years waiting for or actively developing a form of interstellar travel that will allow him to take izzy's tree to xibalba, where again he reenacts the legend of first father, sacrificing himself to create a new world. Probably not aronofsky's concept but he did leave it open-ended for a reason. Also coolest spaceship concept i have ever seen, i LOVE it. Anyway you look at it, whether you loved it or hated it (which seem to be the only two reactions to this movie) it definitely made everyone think about it long after they saw it. Not many movies have such an impact and for that alone it deserves some level of respect. Overall i'm glad everyone has their own opinions, i wouldn't have it any other way, just try not to hurt yourself with the mild cognitive strain.
Ellen M. Delaney. I have to say that I didn't care much for the film, it was presented in a far too abstract way for me to completely understand what the film was about. I was expecting all the different settings and stories to be connected to the love story of the scientist and his sick wife. I had to really rack my brain to try to make sense of the film. Then you go and say something like "it's not a love story, this story is a death story". That got me to stop and think... maybe you're right. Either way, this film is not for the average movie-goer, but more for the individual who enjoys abstract art, and is willing to spend a great deal of time with their chums at Starbucks discussing topics in sociology, theories of the universe, or the supernatural. There I go with stereotypes again. My advice to those of you who haven't seen the film, rent it before you buy it. I will go back again and see if there's more to the film than what I took in the first time. Thanks Ellen for your take on the film.
this movie was something a person might be able to make sense of if they were on drugs. i sat and watched this trying to get interested in it and was completely frustrated, then annoyed, then down right pissed off that i spent money on a waste of crap like that. where in the hell do these writers come up with garbage like this? While on acid? We sat, after 30 minutes of trying to make sense of it with the volume down, making up our own script for it. then it became interesting and entertaining....LOL!
I would not recommend you rent this or buy it. If you want to see it...wait until they put it on HBO or better yet...email me and i will send it to you completely free!...LOL!