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On the eve of testy discussions with the U.S., Canadas Prime Minister is killed in an accident. While investigating his fathers death, Tom (Paul Gross) reveals that it was no accident unfolding a scenario of hidden agendas, betrayal, murder and a shocking plot to sell one of Canadas most valuable resources water! Written by Paul Gross and John Cruzan, this 3 hour film is a gripping political thriller with an ending that will leave viewers breathless. Co-starring Leslie Hope, Guy Nadon, Martha Henry, Gordon Pinsent, and more.
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You don't need to understand Canadian, US, or Native American politics to watch this film. As "Yanks", my Mum and I had no problem deciphering the Canadian political repercussions written throughout the script. All is explained if you just listen to what the characters are saying and follow along with the plot(I will admit I had to watch it twice, having missed some things the first time around, because I was working on a project. I would recommend giving your full attention to the mini-series, so you get the full impact of the film).
You get a great feel of how deeply proud Paul Gross is of his Canadian roots in the speech he gives at the fantastic gothic cathedral - setting the tone for the film. If true, the repercussions that set the plot are frightening: the lose of water throughout the political lines in Canada and the United States, and the lengths to which a government will take to grab hold of its neighbors water supply in order to protect its own.
The cinematography is fantastic, showing off the beauty of Canada's back-country (what we "Yanks" call "the woods"), and Ottawa. The Parliament Building and Cathedral are some of the most stunning buildings highlighted in this movie.
The performances are well done. Paul Gross finally sheds his "good boy" image, as he slowly descends into dictatorship mania.Read more ›
It starts with the murder of the Canadian prime minister and his son's assumption to power,then careens through conspiracy, megolamania, a plan to drain the Great Lakes, and the breakdown of a stable country.
Elements of this miniseries remind me of "Dr. Strangelove" that great satire from the Cold War era. No one rides a nuclear warhead down to detonation, but the conspirators ride an equally insane plot to the unexpected, but not unbelievable end. Paul Gross does not "Sig Heil" with black leather gloves, but under the sohpisticated and glossy veneer, his character is as much a megalomaniac as Strangelove himself. Although Gross is the catalytic character, he is part of an excellent ensemble cast.
The director moves the story forward through a combination of flashbacks, and intercuts of people acting simultaneously in different locations It is skillfully done and easy to follow. Viewers in the USA, may find obscure some of the references to the First Nations and the separatist movement within French Canada: one follows the thought but misses the "colors and reverberations" around it.
H2O was engrossing because of the ideas expressed; I watched it twice immediately, but found none of the characters engaged my empathy with the exception of a police officer doomed to die early in the game.Read more ›
Paul Gross' character definitely is a departure from his previous image from Due South but most assuredly is in the vein of him taking chances (Men With Brooms, etc.) and playing away from being typecast. Nonetheless, he makes a believable character who you realize in the end, is the bad guy....or is he? He's very Machiavellian and you just can't be sure. The supporting cast is excellent too though I am wondering exactly what role the mother McLaughlin character is playing. However, now that there's a sequel, The Trojan Horse, some questions that were left hanging will probably be answered.
I received this movie some time ago but hadn't got around to watching it till now. As the full miniseries, it can sometimes be hard to watch 3 hours at one time and you do need to do that to do the story justice. However, with the sequel miniseries on tv (and on my PVR just waiting for me) I decided to reacquaint myself with the subject before delving into The Trojan Horse. Again, the story is as I described previous: thrilling, engrossing, scary, thought-provoking. I was a little put off by some of the abrupt transitions from one scene to the next and found that slowed the flow a bit.Read more ›
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H2O is a brilliant political thriller. Anyone who thinks that Canada is trailing the USA with this type of film is living in the past. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2010 by Mr. P. J. Vare
This was a fantastic film from the perspective of providing a complex and interesting storyline with Machiavellian twists, much more challenging than your average Hollywood movie,... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2005