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Dark Water: Unrated Widescreen Edition (Sous-titres français)

Jennifer Connelly , John C. Reilly , Water Salles    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third Rate Version of "The Ring" Nov. 30 2010
By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could rival Stephen King May 12 2008
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
The strength of Steven King is being keeping his creepiness on the edge of what can be real or normal. This story, a remake of the Japanese film by Hideo Nakata and based on "Honogurai Soko Kara" by Koji Suzuki is one of those that are just on the edge of real.

Probably mentally challenged Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is in the middle of a nasty divorce and due to economics is moving with her daughter `Ceci' (Ariel Gade) to a creepy slum tenement. Her daughter is also going a little funny, seeing dead people and so are we. Can her mother turn this all around and pull us out of this slump with a happy ending? Only time will tell. Now sit back and do not get caught talking to the invisible or very visible Natasha Rimsky (Perla Haney-Jardine.)

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark water Dec 2 2012
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hi, this movie is good. I seen it on t.v. and I liked it. it's a buyer for shore.it arrived quickly and the quality is excellent. thanks mshokoff.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Water is Creepy and Murky Feb. 6 2007
By Steven Hedge - Published on Amazon.com
The ever reliable Jennifer Connelly gives another very convincing performance in this atmospheric film. The supporting cast is perfect and believable. The direction is clever and well-paced, but not heavy-handed for this genre. The scriptwriters created terrific characters and believable plot twists in this very suspenseful and eerie film.

This is another well-adapted and even improved version of the original Japanese horror flick, but it isn't in the same vein as The Grudge although it is influenced by it. It is much more subdued and darker than that film and is more character driven. Some may not like this slower, more deliberately paced chiller, but that is what gives it momentum and suspense. I think it's very well-paced for the genre it falls into which is the traditional haunted house kind of film.

This film is worth owning, but not having seen the film in the theaters, I have no clue what was added to this "unrated" edition of the original PG-13 theatrical release. I can say that I found nothing objectionable in it as sometimes happens with these "unrated" releases. Less shocking and intense than other Asian horror imports or influenced films, but that made this a fun popcorn film for me and my family as there is no bloodshed, violence, sex, or nudity in this film.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What would you give up to keep your child safe... Jan. 16 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Dahlia (Connelly) is a newly divorced mother in a bitter custody battle with her ex (Scott) over their daughter Cecilia. Dahlia finds an apartment on Roosevelt Island. The apartment's cramped and the building on the neglected side but the school is excellent. The ex threatens to sue for custody unless she moves to his neighborhood. So Dahlia is trying to find a lawyer, get the plumbing in the upstairs apartment, which is leaking into her bedroom fixed, and deal with Cecilia's sudden development of an imaginary friend, and finding a new job.

Dahlia suffers from severe and frequent migraines and her ex is charging that she is mentally unstable and unfit to care for their child. Finally, getting a lawyer she begins to take charge of her life. She tries to find the source of the water leaking from upstairs and learns that the family moved out and the daughter has the same name as Cecilia's imaginary friend. The lawyer takes each issue at face value as Dahlia seems to be degenerating into insanity.

The audience can see things going on that the major characters don't see and so you're left wondering what is going to happen next. The film is dark and creepy but far more psychologically creepy than scary for most of the film. Of course, just when you think things may turn out okay there are several twists that pull the rug out from under the viewer. But this is a bleak film about love and family -- it may be hard to watch not for the violence, horror, or whatever but because in spite of the supernatural aspects it hits close to the heart for many people with less than ideal family situations.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti-climatic Wash-up July 5 2008
By ninjasuperstar - Published on Amazon.com
Dark Water is great at manufacturing tension using a contemporary project (apartment) complex as the source of shadows, dim and yellow light, strange noises, and black-colored water. The tension is level almost from the beginning of the movie until the end, and rarely is there a scary moment to break it. Even the comic relief of the daughter is unintentional as she plays with her toys in the bathtub -- although she steals this scene, it is due to her personality, not the script.

This film is largely plotless. It's also not entirely a character sketch, as many plotless movies can be. For a horror movie to be a character sketch is risky and quite interesting. For a horror movie to have no plot is downright suicidal. The movie fails mostly because it lacks a believable sequence of events. The relationships between the characters are well-developed and the cast is quite good, but there's nothing for them to do. Look scared, be scary, but why? And the utter non-ending is truly thoughtless -- the film ultimately has no regard for the audience.

I suspect that much of the problem has to do with translation. Not Japanese to English, but rather Japanese sensibility to Hollywood sensibility. Something is missing here, a finger on something important. After all, the best horror movies are about our worst fears. Who is afraid of dark water stains?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Water Sept. 3 2006
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
Perhaps horror movies should return to the gothic countryside fixer-upper. "The Ring" and "The Grudge" took place in a city setting, and managed to eek out a chill or two. However, this movie fails to break any new territory. Worse, the plodding pace just failed to keep me interested to the end.

Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly) is in the midst of a bitter divorce with husband Kyle (Dougray Scott). Caught in the middle is daughter Ceci (Ariel Gade). Dahlia insists on moving into a building where weird things are constantly happening. The excitement builds and builds (a little tongue-in-cheek here) as the movie moves between events caused by people and events caused by something that the movie only reveals at the end. Thrown into this plot goulash is Dahlia's childhood. Dahlia's mother abandoned her. We see periodic flashbacks to help us understand Dahlia's actions.

There are a bunch of problems with this movie. First, too much stuff is going on which means absolutely nothing. The guy in the elevator meant nothing and he failed to advance the plot. Yes, he did provide information about the elevator going up to the tenth floor and he did note that someone kept obliterating the writing on the elevator buttons. Big deal; we already knew that information when he showed up.

The teenage boys appeared menacing, but the movie wastes yet another opportunity. I could go on, but I would spoil the whole movie for you, in the event that you decide to watch this snoozer.

The movie did finally wake from its slumber and provide us with a few tense, generally predictable, moments. However, those few moments were insufficient compensation for the nearly hour and a half wait. Incidentally, my wife predicted the end of the movie about halfway through it, beating me completely. After she pointed out the probable ending, I suddenly realized that this movie was terribly obvious the whole time. Of course, my wife already realized that.

I watched the "unrated widescreen edition," which was supposed to be scarier than what was shown in the theaters. If this movie was scarier, I think many people must have felt that they wanted their money back when they saw this one in the theater.

"Dark Water" fails to slake my thirst for a good horror movie. I think I would rather watch "The Ring" or "The Grudge" again rather than this movie. If you want to see a real horror in your own home, go look at the dirty dishwater; yes, this movie was that dull.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Water Has Depth Nov. 23 2005
By Ghoulie Guru - Published on Amazon.com
Of all the recent remakes of Japanese horror films, I have to say that Dark Water is the only remake that actually surpasses the original. I think the reason that so many people are so hard on it is because they went in expecting to see THE RING or THE GRUDGE. They went in expecting to see a scary ghost movie. Dark Water is not really a horror movie, at least not in the traditional sense. It's actually more of a drama set in a haunted apartment complex. If you go in expecting to have stuff jump out at you, you will be disappointed.

It's sad that everyone expects horror films to have a bunch of jump scares in them these days. Whatever happened to the slow buildup of tension and paranoia of something like ROSEMARY'S BABY. If you go into Dark Water expecting something more akin to Rosemary's Baby, you might just end up enjoying this film.

As far as comparing this remake to the original, I will say that I felt that Jennifer Connelly was a much more compelling character than the mother in the original movie. Overall, the characters were fleshed out better. I understood the conflict between the mother, the father and the little girl much more in the remake. The original just sort of glanced over many of these details. Some of the shots were actually more effective than the ones in the original, and the ending in the remake is more satisfying and better executed than in the original. Generally, I think that J-horror is better left in its original incarnation. As much as I liked the Western version of THE RING, I felt like the only reason they remade it was to cast Naomi Watts as the lead. THE GRUDGE, they should have left that one alone. Nothing was gained by Sarah Michelle Gellar. But this one, this one is actually better than the Japanese original in my opinion.

This movie is not for everyone. It is a slow, poignant drama set in a really creepy location. It would probably play well in a double feature with ROSEMARY'S BABY. If you want to have stuff jump out at you, watch THE GRUDGE. If you want to watch a movie that has a little more depth to it, watch DARK WATER.
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