Dark Water: Unrated Widescreen Edition (Sous-titres français)
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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 - suddenly seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and other strange happenings in the deserted apartment above send Dahlia on a haunting and mystifying pursuit - one that unleashes a torrent of living nightmares.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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?
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.
At first she doesn't pay attention to a small water stain on the ceiling of the bedroom. Then Dahlia notices that the stain grows larger and is dripping dark water. Then Ceci finds a little girl's backpack on the roof of the building and later her schoolteacher informs Dahlia that Ceci has been speaking with an imaginary friend named Natasha. The apartment makes strange noises and Dahlia thinks she sees strange kids running around on the abandoned floor above. Her migraines become more intense and she starts having more frequent nightmares about her own troubled childhood. Dahlia believes that it's all connected and investigates into the root cause of all the problems.
DARK WATER was marketed in the U.S. as a horror movie. I'm not really sure why because the film isn't a horror movie. It does have a gothic tone and is suspenseful, but that's about the only connections to the horror genre the film has. The movie reminded me most of some of the suspense films of Alfred Hitchcock.
The biggest complaint I have about DARK WATER is that it moves at a very slow pace. The slow pacing augments the gothic tone of the movie, but it also makes the movie very difficult to watch all the way through in one setting. What I enjoyed most about the film was the actual story and the acting. The lovely Jennifer Connelly is brilliant as ever and John C. Reilly does a great job as the landlord.
If you can handle the slow pacing DARK WATER is an average suspense film that is particular fun to watch on a rainy day.