Author Topic: Dark Waters (2020)  (Read 1689 times)


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Dark Waters (2020)
« on: March 08, 2020, 07:35:39 AM »
Saw this yesterday and was blown away - just a terrific legal drama based on the true events around a lawyer who had previously been working to defend chemical companies, suddenly going head-to-head with Dupont.  It's all based on this article in the New York Times:

The build-up is fantastic, the premise and implications terrifying, and the performances uniformly exellent - especially from Mark Ruffalo who despite his characters status shows him to be an everyman and becomes more beaten-down as the movie progresses across 5 decades.

If you like legal dramas and real-life adaptations I can highly recommend this one



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Re: Dark Waters (2020)
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2020, 09:03:29 AM »

Re: Dark Waters (2020)
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2020, 10:47:07 AM »
Solid film, one of the most depressing I've seen in a while, particularly with the colour scheme they chose. The statistics at the end are genuinely horrifying.

Re: Dark Waters (2020)
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2020, 11:11:33 AM »
Thought this was a completely by-the-numbers borefest. Watch Zodiac instead.

Re: Dark Waters (2020)
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2020, 07:19:27 PM »
I thought this film was good, but, yeah, also watch Zodiac if you haven't seen it as it's also good, and Mark Ruffalo is also in it. Spotlight's good too, also starring Mark Ruffalo. And Margaret as well. He's in that one, playing a bus driver. He's in some of the Marvel films. He's probably in some other good films. I think he's always good even if the films aren't especially. Sam Rockwell's another one like that in my opinion.

Re: Dark Waters (2020)
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2020, 07:27:16 PM »
Spotlight's good too, also starring Mark Ruffalo.

I didn't like Spotlight either. I think it and Dark Water both suffer from a lack of distinctive directing and a lot of dull, hackneyed dialogue. The one I remember hating in Spotlight is when some character goes on a righteous rant and another character responds: "Are you done?" It's just what every scene like that in that sort of movie goes like these days.

Likewise Dark Waters ticks off every cliche. The neglected housewife (Anne Hathaway with absolutely fuck-all to do) turns up and finds the obsessed protagonist surrounded in files and papers. How many times have we seen that now? And yet it's in Zodiac and works brilliantly (I rewatched it recently for a third time) - I suppose it's just the difference characterful direction and handling of genre can make, though I lack the smarts to identify how in concrete terms.

I remember liking Erin Brokovich a lot more too, but that was 20 years ago.

Re: Dark Waters (2020)
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2020, 10:34:22 PM »
I think the lack of distinctive directing actually works in these films' favour - a more mundane, matter-of-fact, borderline documentary-approach if you will. The depiction of ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations can oftentimes - through directorial flourishes and grandstanding speeches and the like - render said ordinary people as near-superhumans from the get-go; you know they're going to win.

Re: Dark Waters (2020)
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2020, 11:02:17 PM »
I don't think the cliches help though. That makes them more filmic, in the bad way.