Dahlia Williams is starting a new life. She's recently separated, has a new job and a new flat. She's determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter.
When the strained separation crumbles into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new home seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a puzzling and mystifying pursuit to find out who is behind the endless mind games.
Dark Water is the latest project from the creators of the Japanese horror series Ringu, the inspiration for 2002's surprise hit The Ring. Director Walter Salles brings Koji Suzuki's novel to the big screen.
The storyline is a typical ghost story, with the usual case of uneasy souls only resting after their mysterious deaths have been solved or justice has been served. This film is no different. It might make your popcorn jump out the box once or twice - especially if you're watching it on your own - but its not all that spectacular.
However the film does manage to maintain an eerie atmosphere. This is helped by the gloomy cinematography that Salles employs, shooting many scenes almost in the dark and the rest in a desaturated haze.Jennifer Connelly plays the role of Dahlia Williams. Connelly is best known for her roles as Betty Ross in Hulk and as Alice in A Beautiful Mind.
Dahlia is determined to raise her daughter Ceci and make things work in their new home. Unfortunately that home that is rather run-down, and literally leaking with unexplained dark water. While Dahlia battles the leaks, Ceci becomes disturbingly close to an imaginary friend named Natasha.
With mysterious noises and the dark water closing in on them, Dahlia's imagination begins to run wild and she becomes obsessed with finding out who is behind it all. At first she assumes it's her estranged husband trying to scare her off and prove that she is an unfit mother, but she soon learns otherwise.
She realises there are no residents in the apartment above hers, from where all the strange phenomena seem to emanate. To make matters much worse she discovers Ceci's friend Natasha is more than just a figment of her imagination. Soon she must go to extremes to save herself and her daughter from supernatural forces.
The film is all right if you want to cuddle with your better half, just don't expect anything wildly original.- Janine Lee Gordon
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