Dark Waters (2019) - Biography, Drama, History

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A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway
Length: 126 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 23 out of 148 found boring (15.54%)

One-line Reviews (69)

only minus being,for me,that the movie went far too long.

Dreary, depressing and too long.

It still is a very engaging film which is quite scary in terms of how much of an actual reality it is and it does make you mad it happened.

For those of us who HAVE seen the story before this becomes tired and frankly, the movie is too long.

It stars Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilott, a corporate lawyer, and Anne Hathaway as his wife, Sarah BilottThe movie, "based on a true story," is powerful, but somewhat formulaic.

I don't know how faithful the film is to the real events but the fact that film more or less ends in 2015, is mind blowing considering it started in the late 90's.

The story to someone like me was extremely fascinating seeing it unfold before me, probably due to the fact that I really didn't know how it was gonna end.

You'll also revel in the mesmerizing performances by Mark Ruffalo (he disappears into character via defense attorney Robert Bilott), Anne Hathaway (Bilott's intense wife), and Tim Robbins (Bilott's equally intense superior).

The tricks,games,propaganda,false information etc all part of the machine,that is DuPont.

" The color palette was probably a little too dull even for the subject matter and really the film's strong points really lye in the writing and some strong performances.

Compelling storytelling and visuals, as well as good acting across all the main characters.

That sort of leads into my problem with the film, for such a complex, fascinating, heart breaking and shocking story.........

Mark Ruffalo did a great job convincing us that being a lawyer can be tedious and dull.

The towns of Cincinnati, OH and Parkersburg, WV are featured in "Waters" as they appear like dreary landscapes waiting for the hellhole slaughter.

An important story but a dull movie...

It was very serious but i found it engaging the whole time.

In fact the film is a fascinating glimpse into power, the legal system, the rigors of research, evil, and virtue.

though it's fair to say there are other actors who could have put in more compelling and watchable performances.

Sarah has to update this empty shell, doing a poor impersonation of the man she married, on the family and extended family's trials and tribulations.

This is how entertainment should be: engaging, entertaining & telling an important story in a time of civic society uprise against corporate coruption.

This leads me to why this is rousing stuff in terms of mechanics of narrative, that is to say quite apart from the subject matter being worthy.

Moreover, this movie is compelling, informative and it feels more realistic and true than any other this type of movie.

He gives a restrained, compelling performance and resists the urge to overplay the everyman-as-hero aspects of this story.

i saw it and didnt dislike it so its a recommend, its just a little bit slow and churning


Fascinating story..............

And the kicker is how nothing happens to the devils perpetrating these deeds.

It's a bore-fest of virtue signaling

I found the film dragged too much despite having those shocking revelations.

If this sounds boring then, well, it almost is.

This movie is an infuriating, moving, and thrilling call to action about a recent moment in history that affects everyone, whether you know it or not.

" But director Todd Haynes still makes it entirely engaging and painfully true that death is a number compared to liability and that is how you can sustain cold hearted industry.

Robert Bilott(Mark Ruffalo), a corporate lawyer-turned-informant against his firm's client DuPont, is in the intensive care unit, recovering from a transient ischematic attack.

This is perhaps the 4th movie in 6 months unveiling corporate corruption, I'm getting bored.

The story is engaging and absolutely gripping.

Impressive performances all round and cliche free story deliver a solid and moving story.

Directed by Todd Haynes (best known for Carol), Dark Waters should be gripping, given its subject matter dealing with corporate corruption & environmental harm, but Haynes narrates the whole thing in such a bland, formulaic & by the numbers fashion that neither the plot nor the characters garner our interest & investment.

It's biggest crime was that it was boring due to the feeling that the movie was never going to end.

I also felt the 126 min runtime was too long, and felt even longer with the slow pacing and some dragged out/unnecessary scenes.

The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because it was slow in some parts.

maybe a little too slow on the pace now and then and certainly needed better script.

Chorale music is used as a sound bridge when "Dark Waters" transitions from the intensive care ward to a Catholic church.

The movie is worth watching for Tim Robbins alone for his complex interpretation of a conflicted lawyer trying to support his friend and colleague.


I feel this film will go under the radar, and to be honest, only the engaging story and acting will attract a theater watch for most.

A thrilling case that took years to build is given great detail to help explain everything happening, while also moving to keep you engaged.

"Dark Waters" is a stunning and surprising film that gets under your skin.

the pace of this product are horrible slow, that might not make you stop chewing the chemical coated band on you water protected jacket.

I like what it gave to me I like what I got from it, but it was a little bland in delivery.

In the meantime, because of the court's slow processes, Dupont's putting roadblocks at every turn, and the slowness of a medical testing company that was reviewing, over sixty thousand blood tests, people were continuing to be poisoned and die from being exposed to C8.

Very thrilling and well made.

Worth watching.

Dark Waters is a morbid version of a much more absorbing tale of fighting big corporations, who knowingly pollute water, causing illnesses, deformities and finally death.

Important if a little boring and overly long .

In verity, if you like the dreary temperament of North Country, the investigative candor of Erin Brockovich, the exhaustion of A Civil Action, or 2015's Spotlight, then Dark Waters will effectively put you in cinematic harm's way.

Granted I liked EB before this ever came out, but Mark Ruffalo made this seem much more deeper, darker, and intense.

I can take or leave Mr. Robbins, and films about corporate law really aren't my thing, so I wasn't expecting too much, but I'm happy to say that Dark Waters is actually pretty good -- not nearly as funny as the people in front of us thought (they were old and probably didn't know where they were), but still quite absorbing, the film helped in no small part by a strong central performance from Mark Ruffalo (he's the real star of the movie; Robbins only has a supporting role as his boss).

Entertaining, informative, horrifyingThe topic of this film, while it certainly would have been unsettling no matter what, might have made for a dull film, but this was compelling from start to finish.

Very enjoyable to watch.

The actors, all otherwise fine and talented actors, seem to be walking through this with as much glazed boredom as the audience suffers.

Gripping and Fascinating Glimpse into Evil, Virtue, and Our Own Bodies .

In real life, holding power to account is often a thankless task that involves serious mental labor of piecing together clues that don't make sense for a very long time - it is mind-numbing, repetitive work that involves paper and legalese.

In recent decades, particularly since the horror that erupted on 9/11, more than a few dramatic movies have dealt with real-life events and/or social issues in ways that are often so engaging that they supersede most Hollywood blockbusters.

The failures of the EPA and Congress -- all due largely to the Republicans who for some reason feel that it's okay for industry to poison the American people as long as it's profitable -- are stunning.

Then I was on the edge of my seat.

The plot is predictable and handled with a poor sense of pace.

Again Mark Ruffalo delivers an exceptional powerful and yet natural performance in this gripping and emotional movie directed by the exceptionally talented Todd Haynes.

Another movie about an attorney fighting the system, boring.

Mark Ruffalo is spectacular, bright, intriguing and catch on him the spectator's eyes for all lenght, a very powerful perfomarce mainly joined by a spectacular cast made by Camp, Hathaway, Pullman and the mighty Robbins.