Dark Water

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:: Dark Water :: 2005 ::
:: Walter Salles

Acting: 3
Anxiety: 1
Atmosphere: 5
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 10
Production: 5
Recommended: 3
Scares: 1
Story: 2
Unpredictable: 3

Total: 43

This was not a very good movie. It’s a tall order for an entire movie to be hinged on the acting ability of an 8 year old. With a painfully dead delivery by Jennifer Connelly, and an over-the-top and, frankly, goofy, performance by John C. Reilly, the best actor ends up being the character actor Pete Postlethwaite, who acts as an Eastern European building superintendent. Here’s the general idea: there’s a messy divorce, so a woman and her daughter move to a crummy slum on an island off Manhattan. The ceiling is constantly leaking and the abandoned upstairs apartment beats with the footsteps of residents gone by. Somehow it’s all connected to water. The best I can say about this movie is that the grimy atmosphere and constant rain feel like a real depression, and the worst I can say is that it’s flat-out boring. They tried to do way too much, and it all just seemed sloppy. Based on a book, not surprised. Too much information to cram into a movie. I guess that’s life. Pass.