Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lost in "The Fountain" | Why Wolverine may indeed be immortal

Totally. Watched the movie, "The Fountain" starred by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. It was one confusing show as the main characters, especially that of Hugh Jackman was featured in 3 different time lines spanning over one thousand years: past, present & future. In the past, he lived as the conquistador, in the present as the scientist and in the future as the astronaut (although it takes me some time to accept that with him practising meditation & tai chi in the space?! And his space ship is a bubble with a dying tree as his other cargo).

The following exchange reminded me of one character namely John Locke from the TV series, LOST.

Quoted from "The Fountain":

Dr. Lillian Guzetti: Tommy, no one invents new drugs overnight, no one! You're not being rational. You can't fix everything!
Tom Verde: Don't tell me what I can and can't do.

Now compare that with Locke's regularly spoken phrase: "Don't tell me what I can't do".

Well, I won't say it's a case of plagiarism. I'm just amused to note the similarity of the characters. Both seem to be men of faith & both are facing the challenge to unravel a mystery which until now stays a mystery. I watched "The Fountain" till the end & I had no clue. Perhaps I should try to get the graphic novel version of "The Fountain".

Whereas in the TV series, LOST, it is enough to say that despite it being in the midst of season 4, I'm still LOST...

PS. Part of the title, "Why Wolverine may indeed be immortal". Yeah. Can't resist it. Okay, warning / a spoiler alert.

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The Hugh Jackman character of the past eventually discovered the Tree of Life & drank the sap out from the tree after seeing how one drop of the sap caused a rapid growth of plant nearby. In the movie, he was shown to be dead afterwards as the trees & plants grew rapidly out from his body & mouth. Not a pleasant sight for sure.

But his life of the past was also part of the novel that his dying lover in the present penned. And that last chapter (chapter 12) was actually unfinished.

So imagine Jackman may not actually be dead. He may indeed become immortal & the effect of the sap from the tree of life could have mutated him & endowed him with healing power.

Nah. Ridiculous. That kind of crossover may not work afterall. The Fountain as a graphic novel is from DC/Vertigo & Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the X-Men series is from Marvel.

And how many of the crossover of these two really work in the past?

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