Monday, July 11, 2005

Dark Water (**1/2)

Surprisingly not bad. For me, this movie works better as a tense little drama about the struggles of a lower-class, recently divorced family than it does as a supernatural thriller. It's not really that scary or creepy, and the end is a bit sappy and ridiculous. But there is a good stretch of the movie, say an hour or so, where you're just caught up in the trials and tribulations of Jennifer Connelly's character as she and her daughter try to survive in a world that's all but given up on them. The acting in this movie is also above average. Jennifer Connelly is good, but it's the male supporting performances that are a real delight. John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Pete Postlewaithe all seem to be having a blast giving truly nuanced and adept character portrayals. When they're on screen, the movie clicks.

1 Comments:

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous michael a. fox said...

4 shizzle. saw this on friday, and i couldn't possibly agree with you more. wasn't that first however-many-minutes great to watch? i wanted it to be a series about the custody struggle and jennifer connely trying to figure out whether she was insane or her husband was trying to make her think so. i just wish it was a series on f/x without that stupid dead girl haunting the place.

 

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