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Dark Water (2005)

Director:
Walter Salles
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dark Water
RUNNING TIME
105 minutes
Producer:
Doug Davison
Roy Lee
Bill Mechanic
Screenwriter:
Rafael Yglesias


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dahlia Jennifer Connelly
Mr. Murray John C. Reilly
Jeff Platzer Tim Roth
Kyle Dougray Scott
Veeck Pete Postlethwaite
Teacher Camryn Manheim
Ceci Ariel Gade

 

Review

Directed by the talented Brazilian Walter Salles (Diarios de motocicleta), Dark Water is stylish, wonderfully photographed and intriguingly paced. Still, the thematically weak and predictable premise of its story makes it all a rather tedious experience. The elements used for mystification are not very original (little girl, water, creepy buildings, elevators) and when Dark Water tries to make up for this by being thorough and - at times - poetic, the film instead becomes slow and unsuspenseful. Salles' best asset here is the brilliant cast - all of which could have done with more challenge - Jennifer Connelly is solid in a conventional role. John C. Reilly is entertaining in his small part, and Pete Postlethwaite could have been a catch if his role hadn't been such a drag. Most interesting is Tim Roth as a lonely, uncharming lawyer, but his role is unfortunately underused. Walter Salles doesn't project a lack of talent, but this story, which is based on a Japanese film of the same name, just hasn't got the potential to match his direction.

Copyright 26.1.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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