Five Reasons You’ll Love It - July 5, 2020

Dark Waters - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Dark Waters - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Tough drama Dark Waters arrives in cinemas this week, with an all-star cast powered by Mark Ruffalo. 

Ruffalo plays Robert Blott, a real-life attorney who uncovered the connection between a string of mysterious deaths in the town of Parkersburg in West Virginia and chemical company DuPont.

Naturally, he faced a fight to get the story out...

Starring alongside Ruffalo are Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham and Bill Pullman. 

Todd Haynes, director of Carol and Far From Heaven, takes charge of this one. He works from a script from House Of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan. 

The film is released on DVD on Monday (July 6th). But, back before it hit cinemas, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...

 

Mark Ruffalo commands the film superbly...

There's barely a scene without the Incredible Hulk in it, this is so much his film. He drives the film and carries it well. 

 

It's gripping...

Clocking in at over two hours, this isn't a light commitment, but Carnahan's script is skilful and never gets bogged down by the weight of its subject. We move nimbly through a full 20 years in this film and it still feels pacey. 

 

It's a film in a fine American tradition...

The lawyer against the imposing system is a trope that has delivered some fine films. Erin Brockovich, The Pelican Brief, My Cousin Vinny and so many more. This will sit nicely in that gang. 

 

Todd Haynes find beauty in the bleak...

This is a film with a very, very dour palette. Perhaps wanting to emphasise the catastrophic effect the chemicals have had on the town and its people, all the shots feel like they've been stonewashed in grey. It's dour, but elegantly done. 

 

The supporting cast deliver...

Although this is Ruffalo's film, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins do a lot with the little they get. Victor Garber also does an excellent turn as DuPont's scheming attorney Phil Donnelly. 

 

Dark Waters is available to purchase here from hmv's online store. 

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