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  • Actors: Paul Gross, Leslie Hope, Guy Nadon, Martha Henry, Callum Keith Rennie
  • Directors: Charles Binamé
  • Writers: Paul Gross, John Krizanc
  • Producers: Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa, Neil Bregman, Penny McDonald
  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Morningstar Ent.
  • Release Date: April 26 2005
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092ZSYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,787 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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On the eve of testy discussions with the U.S., Canada’s Prime Minister is killed in an accident. While investigating his father’s 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 Canada’s 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.

Special Features:
Widescreen Collector’s Edition
Behind-the-scenes featurettes
Cast Interviews
English & French 5.1 Dolby Surround
Closed captioned
English & French Describe Video for the visually impaired
Full motion menus & scene selection

Review

an ambitious thriller. -- MacLean’s

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eugenie M. Shields on Oct. 6 2005
Format: DVD
If you have followed the career of Paul Gross, then you have seen the witty/satirical and sometimes historic episodes he has written for Due South. This is unlike anything he, and his writing partner for this film: Frank Siracusa, have ever written: historic, political, dark, dramatic, and if you think on the repercussions of the plot: scary.
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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Miss DIckens on July 5 2005
Format: DVD
This political thriller/satire is a joy for those of us who prefer the drama of ideas over car chases and explosions: although an explosion plays a key factor in the final plot twist of this excellent production. This Canadian miniseries is a doozy of a commentary on the politcal relationship between the USA and Canada and the politics of water: a resource even more primal and more sought after than oil.
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on Jan. 22 2006
Format: DVD
Okay, so I rented this movie because of Paul Gross and Callum Keith Rennie (of whom I knew from "Due South"), but let me tell you, H2O is NOT a light movie. It's a heavy political thriller that is not as predictable as what you may think. Even if you're not into politics, it doesn't matter! It will still interest you, nonetheless, with its unraveling plot and beautiful cinematography. I don't want to give too much away, but although politics plays a large part, there are a lot of other hidden issues such as moral implications. I expected a mediocre movie, but to my benefit, was greatly surprised and responsive. I'm not much for buying any entertainment unless it really hits me (I own like what? 5 movies?), and since I didn't get the full jist of it the first time around (my fault, I had too much on my mind), I'm going to buy it for my collection and to enjoy it once again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. Wildeboer on April 7 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this miniseries when it came out. (There, I admitted it, I actually watched something on CBC that wasn't sports - then again, Tom Stone and The Border are also really good and proof that very occasionally, CBC can do something right besides sports!) The whole premise interested me and after seeing the promos (probably during a CFL or HNIC broadcast) I was intrigued. It was thrilling, engrossing, scary in a big picture way, and definitely thought-provoking. When I saw it was being released on dvd, I immediately pre-ordered it.

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.
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