The Water Diviner (2014) - Drama, History, War

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An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Director: Russell Crowe
Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 36 out of 212 found boring (16.98%)

One-line Reviews (143)

Exciting and effective script, successful production and good acting.

At night we see Eliza persuade Connor to "read to the kids" after Crowe finishes a chapter of Arabian Nights the camera pans to three empty beds.

The film starts out promising, while setting up it's story (and characters), then it becomes really slow-moving (and dull).

The Water Diviner is watchable enough, though it just shifts from an engaging bleakness to strange silliness.

However, it was gripping, involving, full of 3- dimensional characters and depths of meaning.

I went to see this based upon my feeling that somehow a Russell Crowe- directed film would lift the typical Australian melodrama out of the boring, ocker-centric, shallow-universe drudgery it's so famous for.

We are soon thrown into the pits of tragedy when we find Connor reading out stories to three empty beds.

The cinematography is stunningly beautiful, the casting and acting is superb and the story is fascinating and never lags.

You do, however, have to be patient and make an effort to stick with this movie because, in parts, it's very slow.

Some minor disjointed moments did not destroy an overall excellent effort by the films team.

So boring its a god damn joke!

This movie is a sensitive and slow movie showing the quest of a father for his sons.

The main problem that I found with the film is that it was way too long.

The film gives an accurate and engaging portrayal of post World War 1 turkey by placing emphasis on traditional Turkish clothes, music and lifestyle all of which is shown prominently in the film.

Directing was disjointed in that the film used excessive numbers of flashbacks to explain what could have been given at the beginning and resulted in better continuity to the story.

The scope is broad, the various settings often stunning, and this is one of the few films I have ever seen where I felt the film should have been longer.

Probably an overlooked cinema gem of the year but well worth the watch.

It was just so bad this film that is pointless to focus in details...

The phenomenal scene in Australia, where Connor (Russell Crowe) protects his three sons against an impressive sandstorm, was a breathtaking moment.

The overhead shots at the beginning of the film are stunning in capturing the expanse of the bush and applying dry, dusty golden textures as colour filters.

How to make a movie with every possible cliché .

Its a character thats entirely tragic & yet engaging.

Bottom line: this movie makes for an enjoyable and entertaining historical drama (it won Best Picture at the Australian version of the Oscars this year).

Russell Crowe's directorial debut, despite some minor flaws, was an emotional and at times intense film that hopefully gets recognised outside of Australia.

The quest has a predictable outcome and introduces a clumsy suspense element into the human story.

Crowe's directing debut turns out to be an entertaining cinematic package .

Good overall but too slow at times .

The daylight scenes - especially those taking place in summer - lack the intense looks of a Turkish summer, while the landscape is far too fertile to stand in for the Anatolian plains.

The climax is as predictable as they come, and although Crowe employs decent cinematography in his directorial debut, he just doesn't have the power to bring a lacklustre script to life.

Sure, it's probably a movie that old people will like, not too violent, romance instead of sex, strong family values, but for the younger crowd, I found the movie to be boring and cheesy as all hell.

The locations are stunning and exotic.

Rubbish, waste of time .

Otherwise entertaining.

There are some intense scenes, as there should be.

The story then becomes even more contrived from then on in and I feel disappointed that it isn't true because there is nothing more than I would like for it to be so, as it is beautiful shot, there is a degree of realism in the barbaric nature of war.

more like Contrived .

This movie was starting to bore me until I saw this scene, then the movie took a complete turn and stirred up all the emotion I felt throughout the film that had started to go away.

They slowly start getting to close to each and the romantic side of the story is quite predictable.

"The fascinating art is not limited to battle scenes, though.

Turkish Propaganda .

Notwithstanding the issues of flawed detail that experts rightly take note of, this is a gritty film that looks and feels right, offers an appropriate range of emotions and settings (both domestic and a million miles from domestic), and acknowledges the truth that Turkey in 1919 was an extremely "fascinating" place to be.

Ending also became too predictable.

Crowe makes a compelling story with timeless historical and political undertones.

This film is a propaganda to lift the good spirit of the country to Europe.

Also, the movie gets a bit off track with some plot points that feel contrived and by making too much of Connor's special abilities, without ever explaining why he's special.

Acting was too predictable and a bit stereotyped.

But if you're a drama enthusiast, I think this movie will be interesting for you because even I find this quite entertaining.

That's where I feel that a few more minutes might have avoided some of the confusion as to what we are seeing.

Connor pleases his wife by reading The Arabian Nights to the children's empty beds.

Not without it's flaws, but very enjoyable movie .

Fascinating movie although the sound got on my nerves.

great movie with mesmerizing performances, and also stunning cinematography as expected from a lord of the rings master andrew lesnie.

It displays a colorful and evocative cinematography by Oscar-winning cameraman Andrew Lesnie , being his final movie .

What is good is the scenery in Turkey is stunning.

The historical side was also fascinating.


The cinematography is stunning.

However, like Fargo, the Water Diviner is a well made and well acted piece and worthy of praise for at least having a story albeit contrived.

Until today as everybody knows there is an unfair propaganda on Turkish people about so called genocides and some other stuff.

Very boring movie .

Russell Crowe's directorial debut shows that he has skill behind as well as in front of the camera but ultimately, even bearing the legend "inspired by true events", in the end this well-meaning film ran away from itself as the unexpected, coincidental and just plain ridiculous piled up the longer it went on.

The plot, though predictable, flows in a nice pace.

The disastrous cinematography combined with god-awful set design make this unbearable film seem more appropriate for the (very) small screen.

The story, although shot very well, lacks the narrative that in the end is compelling.

All in all it is a great movie except for the ending which I found it somewhat predictable.

First of all, it feels completely artificial and predictable.

Gorgeous cinematography and compelling storyline .

However the Greek episode could be construed as bias towards the Turks and it lower the tone for me a degree which is sad because it is a stunning anti war effort which goes to the household heartbreak of war.

Long pointless shots from start to finish of the movie that are sooo boring and just make you roll you're eyes out.

Hearing all this you would assume that this sounds like a rousing crowd pleaser, the kind of movie you can take your grandparents to without the fear of a sex scene of too much swearing (Old people, am I right?!

All these aspects put together create a great two-hour movie that is fully enjoyable.

But the romance, that grew between Russell Crowe and Olga Kurylenko makes the plot predictable, though not believable.

While all of this is very affecting, a lot of the time the pace is a little too slow and has a bit too much of a Sunday afternoon vibe to it, creating a bit of a dull feel.

It does come to an exciting, and pretty emotionally charged, conclusion though; that almost makes it all worthwhile.

As far as the story goes, it is well written but does get slow a few times and seems to wonder off track a few times.

The remainder of the movie, set in Turkey (mostly Istanbul), can be categorized as what my summary line intimated: an entertaining cinematic package.

The war does seem intense and real enough although there seem to be more light than needed in the night time war scenes.

In this stunning directorial debut Crowe tells a story of fatherly love and devotion.

Well filmed - entertaining if imperfect story .

I am not gonna say Turks were the complete victims, genocide claims are totally empty and so forth.

Water Diviner contained a gripping story, brilliant cues and amazing scenes as well as a fresh approach to the events of WWI, all of which will stay embroidered in my memory for the rest of my days.

Also a key factor for its effective delivery, is an exquisite cinematography that is able to capture the dreadfulness of the war, the sorrow of a grieving and longing father, and the breathtaking sceneries of countryside Australia, assuming incredibly toned palettes that shifts along the landscapes of the story.

I felt the film was strong with the drama and emotions, also the depiction of intense war scenes made it more engaging.

Now, lets talk about haters "read some history" propaganda.

There he meets Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan in a riveting turn), a Turkish officer who is helping on the mission.

High handed melodrama, non-conspicuous zooms during very pivotal narrative scenes and monologues, as well as the oh-so painful use of unnecessary slow-motion, The Water Diviner is ever so slightly taken away from a compelling story of patriarch and redemption.

It is definitely worth the watch.

Uneven, yet very enjoyable movie almost till the end.

Its rhythms and scale are disjointed, jumping from slow, intimate moments into Indiana Jones action set pieces, which might be the influence of director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), one of the producers.

Crowe also includes scenes of breathtaking incongruity; at one point he is shown enjoying a candlelight dinner with Ayshe, something that would have been hardly likely to happen in late Ottoman times, especially with a married woman and a protective family dedicated to restricting her freedom of movement.

This movie was quite predictable, and seemed it lacked serious drama and emotion.

That part is brilliant, fascinating, and seemingly historically accurate and authentic.

Tossed in is the customary plot hook of her engaging young son to reel in the Aussie who, of course, had lost his wife.

Plot of this story was quite confusing and little bit derisive.

I liked must of the early scenes, in particular the moving one where Crowe's wandered wife implores him to read from the Arabian Nights to the obviously empty beds of their children.

It's has very involving, intriguing, sad and very well told story, although this story loses a bit at the end.

A stunning shot of the interior of the blue mosque.

I really don't have anything else to say but it seems I have to write 10 lines in order to submit this review -Don't see it, don't waste your money but much more important than money, don't waste your time.

The battle scenes were gripping, you really felt that you were there.

This element combined with some powerful Hollywood emotional scenes make for a very enjoyable and extraordinary viewing experience.

I really tried to like this film, but in the end, I was left with a flat, empty feeling.

The weakness is in the message of reconciliation which is a bit too strong - hints of romance between Crowe and the stunning Olga Kurlyenko and between his son and the lady of the night is too much.

Behind the Scenes the Manipulation and Propaganda of the Masses was Evil and Intentional or Otherwise was as Devastating and Destructive as the War Machinery, Chemicals, and Disease.

The first 20 minutes are just badly edited the way they try to setup the story , as it is just confusing in the way they transmit information to the public .

There is a sort of moral about hard work, determination and perseverance, but it is undermined by the supernatural abilities and an improbable coincidence that causes another character to assist at unexpected times.

The Turkish army is manifested to be a group of very respectable people merely defending their home land and for this I praise Crowe the most - there was no bad guy, there was no evil, there was just useless and pointless killings and this epiphany is (unfortunately) recognised only after the war was over.

Emotional but way too long!

While the cultural and personality clashes are entertaining, the stereotypes and simplifications are somewhat tougher to accept.

Dowsing or divining is a discredited pseudoscience and modern audiences are likely to consider Crowe's character a bit of a crackpot who's clearly been working under the blazing sun far too long.

The story as well is entertaining and well told.

Sensitive as well as thrilling musical score by David Hirschfelder , helped by Lisa Gerard .

It sound lugubrious -- a heavenly choir, the vanquishing of red tape by empathy, as the water diviner divines the skeletons of his sons, one by drawn-out one, and schleps them back home to Australia, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Enjoyed it and recommend.

The Gallipoli battle scenes are well done and exciting.

As the camera moves into the bedroom we see three empty beds, beds that have not been slept in for quite some time.

The Water Diviner is an inspiring film and *spoiler* the relationship Crowe's character forms with the Turkish General, and the empty the general feels for him and his desire to risk it all to help him find his sons could inspire anything.

Overall, it is a very good movie worth watching.

Russel goes down or getting old or just getting bored.

The film is definitely worth watching for the background story, strong performances and cinematography.

In what way all that historical confusion has anything to do with young Australians's sacrifice in Kallipoli?

This film is a hideous Turkish (Kemalian) propaganda.

There are times that what we are seeing is confusing, particularly in regard to some of the cultural aspects of Turkey.

The story builds to a gripping climax and the ending was completely unexpected.

THE WATER DIVINER is fiction inspired by true events, plot premise is based on the one very intriguing line found in a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Hughes, who was an integral part of the Imperial War Graves unit in Turkey in the years immediately after the First World War: "One old chap managed to get here from Australia, looking for his son's grave".

I thought this rubbish was going to be a riveting movie about the tragic loss of a whole generation at Gallipoli.

The problem is that concept barely carries through the film, and what ensues is mostly dull scenes in search of his sons that carry little dramatic weight.

Quality, Respectful and Entertaining.

An editing with unacceptable mistakes, amateur and pointless camera angles, meaningless camera moves, the war scenes lighted like cheap TV show, poor sound design et.. Turkish characters in film can't speak Turkish.

With Crowe's leadership The Water Diviner turns out to be a quality, greatly paced, and very entertaining film.

Normally as a movie I would have given it a 5, some images were nice, and I like Russel Crowe as an actor, but the movie was somewhat boring, and quite incredible.

But the palette of colored fabrics and the interior view of Turkish mosques assured some visually stunning images.

This film is a pure Turkish propaganda.

At first you start guessing ("oh he's gonna end up with her," or "oh he's going to find his sons and its gonna be all great"), but the script pulls you this way and that so that you end up doubting your predictions and are on the edge of your seat for nearly the whole film.

The whole film was too long and boring.

In a poignant scene, Joshua, on his wife's urging, agrees to read the book Arabian Nights to the boys, but all we see is Joshua speaking to three empty beds.

Just another of Russell Crowe's self indulgent movies.

Recommended for all adults as a gripping mystery and adventure in historical fiction.

It is visually stunning, emotionally charged and does more than most movies to pry open your empathetic side.

And now it's time for the disappointing elements of this yet fascinating film.

a few flaws but otherwise a great emotionally engaging story .

I really enjoyed it.

So, saying something like "for like years we were crushed and forced into sudden and unexpected practices" does not justify brutish approach and it certainly does not mean Turk cannot be victims after.

The Movie Romanticized His Post Traumatic Story and is Entertaining and its Concern Seems to be Story Telling of the Fictional Kind Set Amongst a History that To This Day Can Evoke Strong Emotional Blowback and Various Visceral Reactions.