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Dark Waters (2019)

Director:
Todd Haynes
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Legal
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dark Waters
RUNNING TIME
126 minutes
RELEASED BY
Focus Features
Producer:
Mark Ruffalo
Christine Vachon
Pamela Koffler
Screenwriter (based on a book by Nathaniel Rich):
Mario Correa
Matthew Michael Carnahan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Robert Bilott Mark Ruffalo
Sarah Bilott Anne Hathaway
Tom Terp Tim Robbins
Wilbur Tennant Bill Camp
Phil Donnelly Victor Garber
Darlene Kiger Mare Winningham
Harry Deitzler Bill Pullman
James Ross William Jackson Harper
Karla Louisa Krause

 

Review

In the career of independent filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, I'm Not There), his latest entry Dark Waters really stands out, seeing as it's not about sexuality and in many ways barely about human relations at all. Instead, Haynes goes digging for some long-hidden chemicals that DuPont, one of the world's largest chemical companies, had been stowing away since their invention of Teflon back in the 1930s. Mark Ruffalo plays Robert Bilott, the attourney who decided to pursue the matter, at the risk of his career, reputation and marriage. Dark Waters is classically constructed to a fault; in chronology, the use of intensifiers, the wife at home et cetera, but there's an inherent energy in this material that makes it weighty and sharp. Telling the tales about the little guys' fight against the bullying big guns not only ensures a good basis for an effective dramaturgy, it's also one of the fundamental functions of the arts.

Copyright 01.02.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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