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Dark Waters (2019) Review

Posted on the 20 February 2020 by Caz @LetsGoToTheMov7
Dark Waters (2019) Review

Rob Bilott a corporate defence attorney takes on a very different case when he has an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company who he usually defends. This delves into a big history of very dangerous pollution.


This film is based on a true story and what happened to people because of chemical company DuPont and how Robert Bilott became their worst nightmare and sparked a 20 year legal battle! This is all because Wilbur Tennant a farmer visits Rob as he knows his grandmother and asks that he helps him work out the unexplained deaths of his animals with horrendous consequences to them. He had lost over 190 cows to many different medical conditions.

This was something Rob did not really want to get involved with but when he had to witness Wilbur shoot one of the cows when it started to attack them he realises that something is very wrong. Deciding to take on the case what he would then go on to uncover would make a difference in many peoples lives as well. It was not only the animals that had been poisoned for all of those years, it was the residents as well.

My biggest issue with the film was that it did not fit in with the year it was actually set in, we take a look through the late 90s and early 00s mainly and then jumping to 2010s. But when in the 90s and 00s everything seemed like it was in the 60s or 70s, the fashion, hairstyles and cars. It just seemed very strange in all honesty I grew up in the 90s and this did not feel anything near what it was like. This might seem like a small problem but for me personally it totally spoilt the film trying to accept which time it was in and it just felt so very old. Not forgetting that female lawyers not being able to still work after having children and having to keep hidden when they found out they were pregnant. Seriously which decade were we supposed to be in? Just felt very very strange and odd.

I expected so much more from a film with an amazing cast led by Mark Ruffalo who was still a good lead but nothing exceptional or anything like that. Which in all honesty was such a shame! Anne Hathaway given a very small role and not really used in the best way at all. Bill Pullman was difficult to understand which I didn't feel was the best for a lawyer. It was nice to see both Tim Robbins and Victor Garber in a film on the big screen again.

Considering it was supposed to have an edge to it and feel interesting it just lacked that gripping edge and I was disappointed by that. I just found myself bored rather than annoyed or excited about what they were going to reveal next. The film felt like it was attempting to get Oscar nominations and considering it is released now that completely failed, Oscar bait that has now come after awards season. The story is essential to highlight the mistreatment of people but it lacked the compassion and impact we saw in Erin Brockovich.

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