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Dark Water

Dark Water

Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Director:Walter Salles
Cast:Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Pete Postlethwaite
Screen Writer:Rafael Yglesias
Music Score:Angelo Badalamenti
Release Date:2005
Our Rating:

Here we have a well-made movie that unfortunately shares too many essential details with a whole host of not-so-well-made movies. This remake of Hideo Nakata's Japanese ghost story – itself a latecomer in a subgenre Nakata spawned with his Ringu series – has all the trappings we've come to expect: embattled but valiant mom, endangered kid, mournful dead girl and water, water everywhere. The difference between Dark Water and most of its forebears is the way it values emotional investment over cheap shocks. Director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) draws involving, interesting performances from a top-notch cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth and Pete Postlethwaite, and the drizzly setting of New York's tiny Roosevelt Island facilitates a fine study in claustrophobia. It would be memorable viewing indeed in a world that hadn't already seen The Ring, The Grudge and The Ring 2. But the world has, and there's nothing you or I can do to change that.

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