Dark Water [Blu-ray]
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This is another well-adapted and even improved version of the original Japanese horror flick, but it isn't in the same vein as The Grudge although it is influenced by it. It is much more subdued and darker than that film and is more character driven. Some may not like this slower, more deliberately paced chiller, but that is what gives it momentum and suspense. I think it's very well-paced for the genre it falls into which is the traditional haunted house kind of film.
This film is worth owning, but not having seen the film in the theaters, I have no clue what was added to this "unrated" edition of the original PG-13 theatrical release. I can say that I found nothing objectionable in it as sometimes happens with these "unrated" releases. Less shocking and intense than other Asian horror imports or influenced films, but that made this a fun popcorn film for me and my family as there is no bloodshed, violence, sex, or nudity in this film.
Dahlia suffers from severe and frequent migraines and her ex is charging that she is mentally unstable and unfit to care for their child. Finally, getting a lawyer she begins to take charge of her life. She tries to find the source of the water leaking from upstairs and learns that the family moved out and the daughter has the same name as Cecilia's imaginary friend. The lawyer takes each issue at face value as Dahlia seems to be degenerating into insanity.
The audience can see things going on that the major characters don't see and so you're left wondering what is going to happen next. The film is dark and creepy but far more psychologically creepy than scary for most of the film. Of course, just when you think things may turn out okay there are several twists that pull the rug out from under the viewer. But this is a bleak film about love and family -- it may be hard to watch not for the violence, horror, or whatever but because in spite of the supernatural aspects it hits close to the heart for many people with less than ideal family situations.
Overview: I love Jennifer Connelly and she does not disappoint in this well made paranormal thriller. Don't expect gratuitous jump scares peppered throughout, this is taught and well done from beginning to end and the movie doesn't need those. The cinematography is dark and brooding mirroring the film's purpose. There's no fancy CGI because it's not needed, and I can appreciate that. The supporting cast like, John C. Reilly and Camryn Manheim are wonderful and serve their characters well. The little girl that plays the daughter is wonderful in this movie and is so cute, you want to reach out and hug her.
I really like this movie and have watched it several times over the years, it's just so well done. If you enjoy "smart" thrillers that are more "under your skin creepy", rather than slasher, blood and guts with tons of CGI....then this movie is for you.
This film is largely plotless. It's also not entirely a character sketch, as many plotless movies can be. For a horror movie to be a character sketch is risky and quite interesting. For a horror movie to have no plot is downright suicidal. The movie fails mostly because it lacks a believable sequence of events. The relationships between the characters are well-developed and the cast is quite good, but there's nothing for them to do. Look scared, be scary, but why? And the utter non-ending is truly thoughtless -- the film ultimately has no regard for the audience.
I suspect that much of the problem has to do with translation. Not Japanese to English, but rather Japanese sensibility to Hollywood sensibility. Something is missing here, a finger on something important. After all, the best horror movies are about our worst fears. Who is afraid of dark water stains?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To be honest, I just got tired of the water. It is OK, but made me want to clean the house. Hmmm.. Maybe I will watch it again.Published 11 days ago by Cindy Newton
Amazing...Incredible and heart felt! Jennifer was perfect for this role, as shown in her performance! Read morePublished 7 months ago by M.L
Basically just got this to make my own Blu-Ray/DVD combo of this movie & got it for a good reasonable price.Published 11 months ago by Ayin
Wow what a great film on Blu-Ray. Movie looks and sounds really good. This movie has a really good dark atmosphere. Worth owning if you are into horror or demented films.Published 12 months ago by Jmetal86