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Dark Water

A movie directed by Walter Salles Jr.

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  • Jul 25, 2010
DARK WATER This American film based on Hideo Nakata's original movie [which was based on a book so it may not be completely original] is actually a lot better than most American remakes of Asian horror cinema. The first time I watched this movie I was expecting something along the lines of "The Ring" or maybe the "The Grudge" but was pleasantly surprised when this one seemed more surreal. It does an excellent job with the characters and makes the story seem very believable. I had a good time with this one when with others I was really not much of a fan. Dahlia and her daughter Cecelia are looking for a new apartment on Roosevelt Island in New York City, Cecelia needs to live close to a good school it seems. Dahlia has a new job and at the same time is going through a divorce with a husband that does not trust her judgment. Once they find a place strange things start to happen like a constant water leak that is in her daughter's room. Also add in the strange noises coming from the place above her place and you have a cool little film a brewing. Of course you can't forget that this is a mystery/ghost story at heart. Director Walter Salles does a nice job in letting the story tell its self instead of pushing things along at a fast pace. He also elects to let the characters build on them selves and actually develop, that seems rare now a days. Also writer Rafael Yglesias [also a writer on the Johnny Depp flick "From Hell] did a nice job in this American version. To be completely honest with you I was not expecting a ghost story like this one from this one. I really felt that it would look like every other remake that has come out since "The Ring". The thing that really makes this film interesting is the acting from this top notch cast, every one did a good job on this one. Jennifer Connelly is great as Dahlia Williams and makes the character seem like an actual person. Her daughter is played by Ariel Gade who like Jennifer does a great job which is rare for child actors, especially in this type of film. Of course the ever excellent Tim Roth is brilliant in this film as a lawyer who actually comes to this lady's aid when she needs it. John C. Reilly may steal the show some what as the shady land lord who always makes a promise he can not keep. Dougray Scott, Pete Postlethwaite, and Camryn Manheim all also give excellent performances. As the film goes on it goes from being about pesky neighbors to a ghost story to a crime mystery and it still manages to feel like the same film. This is not the best movie ever and may not be for every body but it definitely will appeal to some. I would recommend this one to any fan of mystery films or ghost stories. By the way the ending to this is excellent.

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July 28, 2010
Great review, but it takes an awful lot to talk me into seeing a remake...and I'm not sure that a rating of 3 will do it.
July 28, 2010
This was good for a remake
July 28, 2010
I still haven't seen the original.
July 27, 2010
I enjoyed this film when I watched it. As far as remakes go, not too bad.
July 25, 2010
Yeh, I agree. This was a lot better than most remakes but it was still inferior to the original movie. Methinks i'll review it soon. Nice review!
July 25, 2010
I would love to read your take on both films WP.
July 26, 2010
how come the texts are in blue?
July 26, 2010
No idea why
July 26, 2010
it is nice though :)
July 27, 2010
It's hyperlinked. You need to edit your review and take out the amazon.com link.
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review by . November 09, 2008
Dark Water (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
When beautiful Dahlia (Jennifer Connolly) goes through an ugly divorce and custody battle with ex-husband Kyle (Dougray Scott) over their daughter Ceci (Ariel Gade), she decides to move to Roosevelt Island in order to live closer to the best school for their daughter. Kyle doesn't care for Dahlia's decision but is unable to stop her from moving into a horrid and weirdly disturbing rent-controlled apartment complex, sprawling and psychologically dark.     John C. Reilly plays …
review by . October 06, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: ...     Cons: ...     The Bottom Line: “Dark water's captive Your dreams are my creed and my joy” ~Undercroft     This movie was about as exciting as trimming the cuticles on your fingernails. It was so predictable you wanted to say ‘Helllloooo ... wake up woman!' Between the unexplained water dripping constantly from the floor above to the noises in the empty apartment, really, give me a friggin break.    It …
review by . September 10, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Based upon a Japanese film of similar name, DARK WATER stars Jennifer Connelly as Dahlia Williams, a recently divorced woman who is trying to make a new life for her and her daughter, Ceci (Areil Grade). An ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband, Kyle (Dougray Scott) hasn't left Dahlia with much money, but she is able to find an inexpensive apartment on an island across from Manhattan. The apartment is small and somewhat dingy, but the landlord Mr. Murray (John C. Reilly) seems quite helpful, …
review by . July 09, 2006
Pros: Actors did a fine job on the film.     Cons: The Plot-line…     The Bottom Line: Dark Water in the end fails to deliver on its promise of terror; what it servers up instead is a very predicable, very boring movie.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I love Jennifer Connelly; there is something about her quite demure beauty that draws one in. Ever since I gazed into those (then) larger then …
review by . June 20, 2006
A million different water references popped up when I first thought of writing this review. From the standard "all wet" cliche to "drizzly drips," I thought of them all. "Dark Water" is, like a thousand other mediocre flicks these last few years, based on a mediocre Japanese horror flick by overrated Japanese writers about a creepy ghostchild that uses the "boo!" factor to a tiring degree in an attempt to scare the audience. I'll admit that "The Grudge" actually had a couple of these moments, so …
review by . February 07, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
I've really enjoyed the recent tendency of horror films to bring traditional stories out of old mansions and creepy cemeteries into our everyday existence -- into the apartments and houses of a modern city. This urban horror is becoming almost a genre of its own, and it has a way of bringing the fear home in a way that other stories don't. Along with "The Ring," "Session 9," and "Creep," "Dark Water" is a good entry into this growing field.    Centering around a run-down apartment …
review by . January 12, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Dark water was a movie a lot of people expected to be really good but the truth is it isn't. It's almost like false advertisement because the movie wasn't scary at all and it was very boring and way to long. I fell asleep a after the first half hour and when I watched the parts I missed I knew why I went to sleep. It's the slowest movie I've ever seen, you find is some interest in it to see what's up with the dark water but it turns into being a watered down version of The Ring. Everything is obvious …
review by . December 31, 2005
Walter Salles has proven himself a formidable director with his successes in 'Central Station', Behind the Sun', and The Motorcycle Diaries': he is an artist unafraid to approach unfamiliar terrain in his growth as a director, yet always proving that the most important element in making a good film is to explore the characters more than just the atmosphere. Those who find faults with DARK WATER seem to be concentrating on critiques of special effects and manufactured terror machines. Where Salles …
review by . December 02, 2005
I'm glad I got to experience this movie in the theater. Sitting there in an almost empty Thursday movie viewing with a friend, I felt what the movie wanted to portray.    I loved the emphasis on the wet, dark, cold, goose bump chilling visuals.  Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly) was a wonderfully convincing, loving and beautiful to look on film mother to her little daughter.    She moved to Roosevelt Island, because it's what she can afford and takes up …
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Based on a story by Japanese novelist Koji Suzuki and a film by Hideo Nakata (THE RING), DARK WATER is a thrilling exercise in psychological terror. Jennifer Connelly stars as Dahlia, a troubled woman who is battling her husband, Kyle (Dougray Scott), for custody of their young daughter, Ceci (Ariel Gade). Low on cash, Dahlia moves with Ceci into a creepy apartment building on Roosevelt Island in New York City--and soon discovers that something very wrong is going on one floor above them. As black water drips down ominously from the ceiling in her bedroom, Dahlia is unable to get help from the real estate agent in charge (the appropriately mysterious John C. Reilly) or his very strange employee (a grizzled Pete Postlethwaite). Around the time Ceci starts going to her new school, she also seems to have developed a very dangerous invisible friend with eerie ties to the apartment above. Believing that Kyle might be gaslighting her, Dahlia turns to a rather curious lawyer (Tim Roth) who appears to work out o...

Starring Jennifer Connelly, Dougray Scott, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth
Directed by Walter Salles
Writer:  Koju Suzuki

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Far more terrifying than what was seen in theaters, this special unrated version of DARK WATER is a thoroughly absorbing, suspense-filled thriller starring Jennifer Connelly. Dahlia Williams (Connelly) and her 5-year-old daughter are ready to begin a new life together. But their new apartment — dilapidated and worn —...
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 8, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
Runtime: 1hr 45min
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone, Touchstone Pictures
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