Friday, January 3, 2014

The Fountain... Great movie!


As I mentioned yesterday, I recently watched a movie, "The Fountain", starring Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman.

I really liked this movie a lot. It's essentially 3 stories occuring simultaneously, one in the past, one in the present, and one in the future, in which Weisz and Jackman are characters in each.

In the present, Jackman plays a doctor who's wife, Weisz, has cancer. Rather than spend the remainder of her life together, he is furiously trying to find a cure to her condition.

In the past, Jackman is a conquistador who journeys to Mayan territory in the jungles of Central America looking for the Tree of Life, at the request of his Queen, played by Weisz.

In the future, Jackman is a space traveller, travelling to a distant nebula of Xibalba, a place where the present day wife claims their souls will meet after they die. He is travelling in a self-contained biosphere, containing the Tree of Life, where he meditates, practices Taiji and tattoos himself with the ink his wife gave him during the present day story.

The main theme of this movie is coming to terms with one's death. In each of the three stories, Jackman is struggling, trying to find a way to stop death and achieve immortality. No matter what, he must come to terms with the fact that death is imminent. There are many things in the movie that elude to the fact that death is not an end, but rather a beginning of a new journey the soul takes once it leaves the body.

I'd highly suggest checking this movie out, particularly if you are interested in metaphysics, Eastern philosophy, or the question of life after death.

On a different note...

Today's training was:
Lots of Taiji, qigong, and meditation and upper body strength training. Military press, pull-ups, close grip bench press, barbell rows, barbell curls, kettlebell snatches, kettlebell swings and Indian club swinging. Great training!

Stay Strong and Healthy!


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