Don't Get Wet
Dark Water
Review by Ross Anthony

Excellent acting, strong direction, and real dialogue. And yeah, it's a little scary, a little eerie, but for me at least; the pay off is quite small. Then, again, I may be biased; I'm not a fan of horror, while I do love the supernatural. I guess I was looking for a little more redeeming value here.

It's all about the acting. Jennifer Connelly plays a recently single parent, feuding with her husband over custody of their daughter, while trying to maintain sanity in a building brimming with water. Jennifer is rock solid and real, though the roll (or apartment) doesn't give her much room to shine. It's really the adorable Ariel Gade that breaths life into the film; she nails her roll as the fragile/resilient child. Additionally, Tim Roth (always excellent) gives a great deal of personality to the divorce lawyer whose small character is so big; it almost wants to take control of the film. Then there is John C. Reilly, again, a smaller role, but the actor is just so good that his performance may be the most memorable thing about the picture.

In sum, this is a high quality production, with strong direction, great acting, but ultimately not much crawling beneath the surface.

  • Dark Water. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Pete Postlethwaite, Ariel Gade.
  • Directed by Walter Salles.
  • Screenplay by Rafael Yglesias.
  • Produced by Bill Mechanic Roy Lee and Doug Davison at Touchstone.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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