The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner

3.1 141 Ratings

Directed by : Russell Crowe

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The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman who owns the hotel in whic...more

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“Russel Crowe's The Water Diviner is a watchable sappy family drama. Nothing more. ”

The Water Diviner Credit & Casting

Russell Crowe

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Just not there

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It is painful to sit through a film that has potential of greatness lurking in every frame and scene and yet the director chooses to ignore it instead. The Water Diviner , directed by Russel Crowe, and acted by him in the lead role, suffers from this very curse- a refusal to accept that things can be made better.

 

Set immediately after the WW1, Joshua (Crowe) is consoling his wife who has lost her mental balance after he three sons die in the war. A water diviner- someone who predicts where water can be found under the desert sand - he is accused by his wife of not being able to find her sons. Guilty at letting them go fight the war, Joshua sets out to find them after his wife dies. His search leads him from Turkey to Australia. Cutting through this narrative are bloody gory scenes from teh war itself that punctuate the guilt and pain of Joshua with abject disdain and apathy of a war. 

 

The war scenes are filmed beautifully, blood curdling sequences that make you  uncomfortable yet are masterly shot. The Turkish landscape and Australian terrain is beautifully captured by the camera, wide shots that add to the lyrical flow of the story.

 

What takes away from the film is the script in its essence. Haphazard and non linear, the pacing and scripting prevents one from completely involving one's self into the film and its proceedings. Acting wise, except Crowe who is in top form, everyone else is average.

 

 

One wishes Crowe took on only one role in the film, either the director or the actor- things would have been much better. For now, this is film that could have been so much more but sadly is not.

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