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
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 which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. less
“Russel Crowe's The Water Diviner is a watchable sappy family drama. Nothing more. ”
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The Water Diviner marks the mainstream directorial debut of Russell Crowe. It's a sincere, well made film that offends no one. Perhaps that is the movie's biggest weakness. It's inoffensive almost to the point of being dull. Almost. One simply can't overlook some great set pieces, complemented by excellent acting by every person on screen. It also has quite a few moments where the movie tugs at your heartstrings.
Joshua Connor is a water diviner from Australia, a person who is seeming able to discern the presence of water running underground. While away from his home, his three sons get enlisted in the army and are sent to wage war on the turks. On his return, he finds that his sons have apparently been killed in the war. His wife, unable to deal with their loss, kills herself. Joshua swears that he will find his sons remains and bury them along with their mother and thus makes a trip to Turkey. Upon landing in Turkey, he finds that the british are preventing anyone from entering Gallipoli, where his sons apparently have been laid to rest. He manages to sneak into the city, only to be chucked out. Instead of going back, he manages to win over Major Hasan, a Turkish war hero. Hasan allows Joshua to search for his sons. Upon discovering the remains of two of them, Joshua hears rumours that his third son, Art, may be alive. He then sets out on a quest to find Art, and bring him home.
The Water Diviner has the makings of a good movie, but falls just a bit short of that. It has no major negatives, but other than the performances, has no major positives either. It gets a bit monotonous at times, and never quite hits the peaks required of such a film. It's a one time watch at best, especially for Russell Crowe fans.