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"Dark Water"

by Michael Handorf
handorf@comcast.net

Jennifer Connelly. John C. Reilly. Horror / Thriller.

Synopsis: A mother and her young daughter move into an apartment and the plumbing goes berserk.

Review: This may have been written by the same author (Koji Suzuki) who gave us The Ring, but enough already with the young girls and water.

Dahlia (Connelly) and her daughter 'Sessy' (Ceci?) move into a dreary apartment on Roosevelt Island (NY) after Dahlia and her husband separate.  Somehow during the walkthrough, Dahlia misses the really dark water stain over her daughter's bed.

One night, the stain starts to spread and water begins seeping through the
ceiling.  You guessed it - the water is dark.  The building supervisor isn't much help, and once the leasing agent got Dahlia to sign on the dotted line, he wasn't too concerned either.

After watching The Ring, The Ring 2 and Dark Water, you begin to notice the writer's biases - his contempt for leasing agents/realtors, an affinity for rainy climates, and a preoccupation with the mother/daughter abandonment theme. Unfortunately, we don't get a great 'animal' sequence here like we did in both
Ring movies.

I recently saw John C. Reilly give an interview in which he stated that he "read
through the script really quickly because he had never read anything so scary."  I'm telling you, that script must have been replete with typos and misused apostrophes, because whatever horrifying elements he read were never transferred to the screen.

Dark Water tries to be both a supernatural ghost story and a psychological
thriller, but despite Connelly's skills, it fails on both fronts. Skip this
thing, unless you have to choose between it and Fantastic Four.

OVERALL GRADE: C-

 

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