“Dark Water,” the new thriller from the people who made “The Ring,” brings high expectations for the scare factor and the latter movie’s popularity.
Jennifer Connelly stars as an emotionally wounded mother who is trying to make a new life for herself and her daughter in the midst of a messy divorce. Throughout the movie, she seems mentally unhinged and ready for a breakdown at any moment, almost making you root for the dad to win custody of his daughter.
The most noteworthy supporting actors consist of John C. Reilly and Tim Roth. Reilly plays the landlord of a run-down building, who can make a sell with his fast-talking, but delivers the goods in the form of an apartment that should be bulldozed for all its lack of charm. Roth plays Connelly’s lawyer in the divorce proceedings but his performance is lackluster in that his part is small and somewhat pointless amidst all of the drama.
The first step is for Connelly’s character to find an affordable apartment. The building and environment outside is dark and gloomy and The inside makes prison cells look inviting.
After Connelly and her daughter move into their new apartment, dark water starts to show up everywhere whether it’s hijacking the water in the washing machine or leaking through the ceiling on the characters as their sleeping.
To make matters worse, the daughter starts a relationship with an “imaginary friend.” The friend is actually a little girl that haunts the mother and daughter after she dies in the apartment above them.
Once the dead girl starts making her presence known to the main characters, they can’t get away from her.
The dark water is her calling card, and unexplainable events keep taking place. The main characters start looking crazy, especially with the mother’s taking prescription drugs and the daughter talking to her invisible friend in class.
What precedes all of this doom and gloom is highly predictable until the ending, which is somewhat disturbing.
Overall, the movie was slow and depressing, with the main scare tactics used in the last 20 minutes of the movie.