John C. Reilly. Horror / Thriller.
mother and her young daughter move into an apartment and the plumbing
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
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.
thing, unless you have to choose between it and Fantastic Four.