The things I had heard about Dark Water, starring Jennifer Connelly, were not especially good, and being the MovieSnob that I am, I had to check it out myself. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw and wonder how others had been so negative.
Dark Water is a remake of Hideo Nakata’s Japanese movie about a woman, Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly), who is going through a very rough divorce and custody battle for her daughter Ceci (Ariel Gade). These are the same Japanese folks who brought us The Ring and The Ring 2. You many notice the similarities with eerie scenes involving water and lots of watery special effects. Dahlia and Ceci move into a rundown apartment building which has had some frightening events happen in it in the near past. Ceci suddenly has an invisible pal and that’s when all the weird stuff and stressful situations intrude on Dahlia’s already tough life.
Although things seemed to move slowly at times, I thought there was plenty of suspense and intrigue to keep my interest. They keep you wondering what is real or what is actually happening because of a ghost presence. There were several times that I thought about which people might be messing with the lady’s mind and who was out to get her and why. The performances were very realistic and well done. Connelly was very convincing and did a fine job of showing stress, fear and emotional turmoil. Ariel Gade was great as the little girl who was being haunted. John C. Reilly as the landlord that just wanted to make money, and Tim Roth also did a good job.
To a parent, there isn’t much more frightening than having your child disappear or be in danger. I guess maybe that’s why I was drawn in as I was. Not to mention the fact that I have a leaking ceiling that just won’t stop getting all wet! If you are expecting a bloody horror movie, then Dark Water is not for you. For those who want drama, suspense and lots of yucky looking water then rent this one, pop it in and turn off the lights.
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