Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
So did he ever end up saving her?!
I hate spoiling movies, but as you probably aren't going to re-watch it, she does die.
Okay... now that that's out... I have just finished watching it. Bascially it's this pair of 'star crossed lovers' i.e. true soul mates, who go through time trying to beat the odds. it is hinted at that he is 'the original father' of the Mayan 'faith.' but maybe not. As near as I can tell, the whole saga begins in Spain, where the 'current day wife' is the queen and Jackman's character (the modern day husband) is an extremely loyal conquistador. The queen is in search of the Tree of Life, of Biblical fame (think Genesis, I believe), and sends Jackman on this quest, promising him that she'll be 'his Eve' upon returning with the prize (sap from the Tree).
Propel them forward to modern day where they are a husband and wife. He is a medical researcher, and she is his dying wife. She looks to have a highly aggressive form of cancer, and is close to dying. Just as he gets the news that the treatment he's working on (from a South/Central American tree... ahem) IS doing battle with the cancer (along with other effects, which show first) and winning, she goes into defib (heart attack, more or less) and dies.
Now for the odd part: the future. I didn't so much take it as absolute future, but as transcendentalism (in a way). See, from how it's edited, both modern self and future self can see the Nebula (more on that in the next paragraph), and pull from the other lives. I don't *think* the Conquistador can see his future selves... but modern guy envisions the Nebula and the inspiration it gives him (such as to use the sample from THAT particular tree).
The Nebula... known in the movie as Xibalba (I had to look it up... pronounce it Shebalba). In the movie it is a nebula (the movie was a lot to take in, so I think it was a nebula... definitely not a star, though... that point is made in the movie). Pulled from Wikipedia: Another physical incarnation of the road to Xibalba as viewed by the QuichÃ© (Mayan) peoples is the dark rift which is visible in the Milky Way.
So... the 'future' guy is kind of transcending life as we know it to be reborn with his wife... but instead he blows up the Nebula (Men... go figure *snerk*). This, however, forces him back in modern day to heal the emotional aspect of mourning and he plants a seed on his wife's grave so a tree will grow.
Now, to try and bring ALL of this into perspective (if you're still reading)...
Somewhere in my Wikipedia page scanning, I noticed a rference to them believing in a cyclical existence. That we relive our lives (that's what I'm getting from it, although may not be the proper wording for it). Similar to reincarnation.
The movie may also be leaning toward a more science fiction-y approach of alternate realities... but the wedding ring and the tattoos and all the little details that run throughout the movie between times tells me it's more along the reincarnation kind of thing...
I've probably confused you all even more... I can certainly say one thing about this movie: it's not one to be easily reviewed. It's hard to describe what happens... and not confuse the bejeezus out of your readers...
I would recommend watching it all the way through, beginning to end. the weird stuff at the beginning makes a little more sense near the end. it also does go back and forth between all three 'lives'. I'm used to reading/watching multiple storylines like that, so I guess I'm used to it. if I watch this one again, I may understand it even more...
I hope that helped a little...