Dark Water desperately wants to be another "The Ring", but fails miserably in its ambition to do so. This is not to say that Dark Water is a bad film, but it advertises itself as having the same author who wrote "The Ring", leading us to believe that we are in for another great horror film. But if that is the case, then the author has gone to the well one too many times. Dark Water has nothing original to offer, attempting to copy many story ideas from The Ring, but having nothing of the aura or power of the aforementioned classic.
The main problem with Dark Water is that the film is nothing more than a run of the mill version of a haunted house movie, except in this case it is a haunted apartment. The film lacks any real suspense or foreboding angst, and has nothing of the mood and style of The Ring. The ghost in this film is no where near as menacing as the one in The Ring, and the end of the film is somewhat anti-climatic. Finally, Jennifer Connolly is simply no Naomi Watts. She simply does not have her presence as an actress, and as a result the film suffers for it.
In the some ways, the best part of the film are the two eccentric characters in the film, played respectively by John C. Reilly and Pete Postlethwaite, who give the film what little style it has. They are both terrific in their roles, which is another fine example of the great talent of these two actors.
Fans of ghost movies will find this film entertaining enough, but nothing to write home about.