Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Dark Water

Even more so than last year's poopy "Skeleton Key," "Dark Water" has an A+ cast. Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Pete Postlewaite ... The material is strictly C, though, in that like most Japanese horror films these days and their American remakes, it's about nothing and nothing ever happens. But it's a moody little movie all the same, if you can tolerate Connelly at her most whiny in service of a story whose merits are only made clear after you've waded and waited through the whole thing. And there's a lot of dripping water, puddles and pools to wait and wade through, plus about 300 endings! Worth it for Tim Roth (as a lawyer who apparently works from his car) and John C. Reilly as a shady real estate agent, though, even if in the end it's a lot like "Poltergeist II." And even though early on Reilly points to a shower door and goes:

"This is safety glass!" [pound pound, bang, pound] "Unbreakable!"

Hmm, I wonder if that will come into play at the end? It's like the beginning of "What Lies Beneath," where they make special, conspicuous note that the cell phone reception cuts out when crossing the bridge.


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