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Dark Water (2005)


3/10: Didn't do much for me at all
Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dark Water is set in New York where Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is undergoing a bitter divorce from her husband Kyle (Dougray Scott) with custody of their young six year old daughter Cecilia (Ariel Grade) becoming very nasty. Dahlia & Cecilia move into an apartment on Roosevelt island, it's a bit of a dump but it's all she can afford & Cecilia seems to like it so why not? Mother & daughter move in & notice a damp spot on the ceiling which gets increasingly worse, strange things begin to happen & Dahlia starts to question her own sanity. Soon it seems that the odd events might be down to supernatural causes...Directed by Walter Salles this was a Hollywood remake of a Japanese horror film also called Dark Water (2002), this Hollywood remake actually stays pretty faithful to the original & I had to say that I was rather unimpressed with it. The script by Rafael Yglesias is just so dull & lethargic, the...

5/10: Murkey waters, rather
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Well, it's a Schreckfest alright, and sometimes an effective one. Lots of eerie scenes. A dead body or two but no bloodshed. The atmosphere is terrific. The photography and production design deserve credit. And the players are uniformly professional.Pete Postlethwaite's face seems made up of lumps of play-do. John Reilly, as the apartment house manager, is sincerely phony. The little kid does as well as any little kid could do. Tim Roth as the lawyer doesn't have much of a part as Platzer the lawyer but comes across as reassuringly reasonable, the only halfway trustworthy person we meet.Jennifer Connolly as Dahlia has matured and from some angles is unrecognizable as the virginal ice princess of, say, "Hot Spot." She's no longer a succulent girl but a beautiful and statuesque woman, even aside from the flawless geometry of her nose. With maturity has come a little more energy, or so it seems to me...

8/10: Fails To Deliver As A Horror Film
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dark Water is a remake of the Japanese film of the same title. that is based on the short story Floating Water from the horror anthology Honogurai mizu no soko kara by Koji Suzuki.It features Jennifer Connelly and Tim Roth. John C. Reilly, Pete Postlethwaite, Perla Haney-Jardine and Ariel Gade co-star to play key supporting roles.Directed by Walter Salles Jr., this remake of Hideo Nakata's supernatural psychological drama revolves around the plight of a single mother whose messy divorce and subsequent battle for the custody of her five-year-old daughter is taking a heavy toll on her emotional well- being. Ultimately, the mother and daughter are able to relocate to an apartment, which, despite its excessively dilapidated interior, seems to be an adequate location for beginning a new life. Before long, however, what appears to be the spirit of a young girl begins to haunt them. No stranger to mental illness, the wary young...

4/10: Another bad remake of a Japanese hit
Tuesday, March 28, 2006

As the sleazy owner shows Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly) and her daughter Ceci (Ariel Gade) around a run down apartment, he makes a big deal out of the fact that the shower door is made from toughened glass. No prizes for guessing that someone gets trapped in the shower later on. Such is the low level of inventiveness on show in Dark Water, a US remake of Hideo Nakata's Japanese ghost movie.Dahlia is in the process of divorce, has little money and so reluctantly takes the apartment. Then all manner of weird happenings occur – water constantly drips from the ceiling, footsteps are heard in the empty room above, and Ceci starts talking to an 'imaginary friend' Natasha. Could Natasha possibly be the ghost of the missing child from the room above? Will Dahlia find the body? Will the body be somewhere watery? Yep, yep and yep again. Ho hum.Walter Salles's remake is slow, dreary and very...

2/10: Drown This Film
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dark Water (2005): Dir: Walter Salles / Cast: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Pete Postlethewaite, Dougray Scott, Ariel Gade: Title bears no central reference to the plot other than the water in the run down apartment spews dark water and the body of a young girl is found otherwise it completely subtracts from the core issue. Jennifer Connelly is separated and moves her daughter into an apartment but strange things occur including a bad leakage problem. So far so good until nothing makes sense. Sometimes repetitious but the ending is complete nonsensical crap. Why not concentrate on Connelly's demons growing up with an abusive and neglect mother? Director Walter Salles makes things tense aided by sound effects and ominous use of lighting but no trickery can save this fowl flood mess. Connelly is as talented as she is beautiful but she is more or less a pawn in a very stupid movie. Supporting roles are a complete waste. John C...

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