Mindspill To kick off my 4 day holiday weekend, I started with a trip to the movies to peep a couple of new releases before I went home to start prepping food for a gluttonous night of dinning.

First on my schedule was “The Fountain” Starring Rachel Weisz & Hugh Jackman. The Fountain was a very surreal love story spanning decades wait, actually centuries of finding the secret to eternal life. The story starts off in the 16th century then next thing you know, you are transported to the 26th century in a bubble floating in the heavens & then bounced back to earth present day.

The story follows Queen Isabel (Rachel Weisz) of Spain who is in pursuit of a mythical tree that will offer eternal life to anyone who drinks from its sap. To find the tree, she enlists the assistance of a Conquistador named Thomas Hugh Jackman) Then things get kinda strange when the Queens is alive in the present day with cancer as Izzy married to Tommy (Hugh Jack) who is in search of a cure for his dying wife. Wait I need to mention that we have Tom, also Hugh Jackman floating in a bubble in outer space struggling to understand why.

The story’s underlying themes IMHO were finding happiness within & sharing it with those that love you, realizing that your quality of life is as good as you want it to be & greed will get you fucked up when all is said & done.

I was very impressed with Hugh Jackman’s softer side although not that soft in this movie considering his strong action stardom. His performance was solid & uncompromisable throughout. His actions had me questioning myself had I been in his shoes.

Rachel performed was as expected. Ever since I saw Chain Reaction (years ago) I liked her & she has not disappointed me yet. Her acting skills were at their best in the Constant Gardner & I admire that she continues to get roles as a strong independent & free spirited woman. I usual find accents annoying but she always makes me forget that she has one because I am so caught up into her actions.

Overall the movie was beautifully done & would make an excellent date movie & I would not consider it to be a chick flick at all. I will mos def get this when it comes to DVD.

If you are looking to escape all of the murder, comedy & highflying action movies of late then this will be a great detour

What I liked most:

  • The period story telling & flash backs
  • Izzy & Thomas’ lovers gazing at stars moment
  • Leaving for Xibalba scene
  • Thomas’ Bubble transformation ending scene
  • The forest fight scene
  • The Burial of Izzy

What Turned Me Off:

  • The bathtub scene, it was not sexy & too moist
  • Thomas’ wedding ring disappeared & never showed up again (I felt his pain on that one)
  • Thomas’ obsession to beat death even after Izzy had already been dead. (Death is a part of life shit)
  • Not having a pop & some fresh popcorn because the line was long

Advertised Synopsis:
An odyssey about one man’s eternal struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th-century Spain, where conquistador Tomas commences his search for the Fountain of Youth, the legendary entity believed to grant immortality. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo, he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife, Isabel. Traveling through deep space as a 26th-century astronaut, Tom begins to grasp the mysteries that have consumed him for a millennium. The three stories converge into one truth, as the Thomas of all periods–warrior, scientist, and explorer–comes to terms with life, love, death and rebirth.

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Déjà Vu MindspillAfter making a mad dash from The Fountain to the ticket counter, I missed the 1st few minutes of Déjà Vu & I never got any popcorn or a drink. Anyway the theater was packed for this one & I finally settled in my seat, then like a roller coaster, the action kick off like a mutha.

Let me start out by saying this Déjà Vu is the kind of movie Denzel should have won an Oscar for, a good guy doing good things & not the polar opposite (“Training Day”) blah blah blah.

While I think Denzel is type cast to a certain degree, I tell you; he set this role off to the 10th power. The story & action in this film had me at the edge of my seat at times.

The ending will leave wandering what the fuck just happened so, you gotta think back to the ripple in the water scene, when Shanti broke down the what if scenarios. After you add these pieces together, you should be cool.

This is most def a DVD purchase & a candidate to see again probably this weekend after I see “Happy Feet” with the kids.

I told cousin Dee about the movie this afternoon & her TaMato went to see it today & she agreed with my synopsis but she was confused on the ending so had to break that shot down Shanti style, then she had her Ah Ha moment.

I’m getting sleepy & I have a buzz (Captain & Coke), so I think I better end here. My bottom line is that you mos def need to see this movie. It is soooo work the money. The complex plot line makes this the kind of movie that you cannot go to the bathroom during.

Wait! Last note: I hope the next movie Denzel is in he is not a damn cop, it’s getting played.

What I Liked Most:

  • Erika Alexander’s (Shanti) character support (GO Max!)
  • Denzel’s captain save-a-hoe approach; past present & future
  • The boat explosion (although fucked up, it was executed perfectly)
  • The past & future car chase
  • Claire Kurcherver on the coroners slab scene.
  • The dedication to the citizens/victims of New Orleans/Katrina
  • The devastation that was shown in New Orleans’ 9th Ward
  • The crescendo shoot out & bombing scene
  • Macy Gray’s ending credits song “Coming Back to You” this is one of my new jams!

What Turned Me Off:

  • Some of the corny one liners
  • Val Kimer( . )
  • Not having a pop & some fresh popcorn because the line was long & I was running late

Advertised Synopsis:
Everyone has experienced the unsettling mystery of déjà vu–that flash of memory when you meet someone new you feel you’ve known all your life or recognize a place even though you’ve never been there before. But what if the feelings were actually warnings sent from the past or clues to the future? It is déjà vu that unexpectedly guides ATF agent Doug Carlin through an investigation into a shattering crime. Called in to recover evidence after a bomb sets off a cataclysmic explosion on a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin is about to discover that what most people believe “is only in their heads” is actually something far more powerful–and will lead him on a mind-bending race to save hundreds of innocent people.

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