Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything -- his future, his family, and his own life -- to expose the truth.
A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins
Director: Todd Haynes
REVIEW: DARK WATERS [M]
There are so many superhero movies released these days that it can be a distinct shock when a movie about a real everyday hero, like Dark Waters, happens along.
It's like watching a convoy of late-model Porsches whoosh by, followed by one of those old jalopies you have to crank from the front to get started.
Dark Waters is a stern, studiously provocative drama, based on the true story of a lawyer reluctantly pursuing a chemical company knowingly poisoning the public.
Let the record show that environmental lawyer Rob Bilott (played by Mark Ruffalo) is not the most cinematically appealing whistleblower to have ever graced the screen.
He is quietly spoken, shabbily dressed, and more at home in a dimly lit room stacked with boxes of evidence than he is in his own home.
Lucky for Rob, his wife Sarah (Anne Hathaway) used to be a lawyer herself and understands his obsession with justice being executed properly.
Rob Bilott's solitary crusade to force the powerful DuPont Company to answer for its actions means the movie must haul along a heavy load of need-to-know information to each and every scene.
Nevertheless, Dark Waters finds a way to persuade us all to join the dogged Bilott's protracted paper chase, which took all of 15 years before DuPont finally stopped running.
A fine issues-based affair worthy of comparison to the likes of Silkwood, The Insider and Erin Brockovich.
Leigh Paatsh review from the March 5 2020 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition.
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