Dark Water (2005)

Rothe Blog Dark WaterTwo and a Half Stars

Starring Jennifer Connelly, Dougray Scott, Tim Roth, and John C. Reilly, this movie was middle of the road. I knew that it was supposed to be a thriller, and I really like Connelly, and the disturbed and imperfect characters she often plays, but this movie seemed like it never really got off the ground.

It reminded me a lot of movies I have seen before, but can’t place, other than The Ring. A little girl is lost, left behind by her confused parents, and she drowns on top of a Gestapo looking apartment building on an island in Seattle. Connelly’s daughter talks to the girl even though she is dead, and they have a connection that as a viewer, can never be good. Eventually the dead girl wants to become the real girl, and to have a mother again, just like in The Ring.

Connelly does a good job of the single mom, she is really convincing, but most of the movie revolves around the damage that water causes to an apartment building, and a ton of climax that revolves around the water itself, but never comes to pass. One of the final scenes is pretty cool when Connelly tries to save her daughter and dirty water shoots out of every outlet in the bathroom, but that is too little too late.

Unless you are a big Connelly fan, this movie won’t be particularly rewarding for you. I wouldn’t recommend this for my parents, and Sarah didn’t like it either.

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