Dark Waters (Movie Review)

Suhail Umrani alias Raj

Darkwaters is an American film, and it was released in 2019. The film is based on an article published in New York Times Magazine in 2016 with the title “The lawyer who became DuPont’s worst Nightmare” inked by Nathaniel Rich. The movie is being depicted by Todd Haynes and jointly penned by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. This one hour and thirty-four minutes thriller drama stars Mark Ruffalo in the lead role and supported by Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, and Bill Pullman.

The movie is based on true trials, and the plot revolves around a case filed by a lawyer against the renowned chemical manufacturing company named DuPont. Robert Billiot (played by Mark Ruffalo) is a corporate lawyer who mainly defends industrialists and tycoons of the city. Rob works for a law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

One day Rob is being approached by an elderly farmer Wilbur who wants to seek Rob’s help to suit a case against the company for contamination of the water and surrounded land by a humanmade chemical which has caused deadly cancer and other diseases that caused the deaths of farmer’s mammals. Rob initially denies but soon after agrees and starts an investigation and suits a case against DuPont and then the story goes on.

Mostly, viewers are limited in numbers for such stories as masses like entertainment and masala films than classical dramas, and even in Indian cinema, we don’t see films like Dark Waters. Though we have some good examples in Hollywood and Bollywood these movies don’t produce enough revenues for producers but still are countable for class audiences, critics also pay well and give due ratings and praise them honestly. Such films earn good rewards for storyline, direction, or performances as in this film Mark Ruffalo has given wonderful performance whereas Todd has directed the film nicely.

This film could be in the list of environmentalists or socialists who raise their voice against these industrialists who make millions and billions by dumping cities for their petty interests. As this movie is based on real tragedy occurred in Virginia were perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) affected the livelihood, and this chemical hit animals as well as humans equally. DuPont spread a chemical PFOA or C8 through the water supply, and this toxic chemical caused cancer, distemper, and rotting teeth in both animals and humans.

This movie is not an ordinary film, where a hero has six-pack abs or is being bestowed with supernatural powers and wants to avenge by destroying the kingdom of an antagonist. This drama is not that type of film where a hero wins the battle in a short period. This story is a completely different genre and takes years to stand affirmed before injustice and monopoly. Here, hero fights for his entire life and his rivals are real milliners who are in real power with billions of dollars, and they can defend their corruptions easily.

All the characters have played their roles excellently may it leading actors from Rob to his wife or supporting cast. The entire journey is thrilling and gives you everything at the same time. The drama between husband and wife or their encounters with children are watchable. The powerful acting of a farmer is also praised able and when he gets sick that scenes are hard to watch and could leave you with numbed eyes. All the scenes presented in court are worth watching.

In conclusion, this film is must watch along with family and friends. I give 4 out of 5 stars to this film.

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  1. Very nicely reviewed Suhail, looking forward to more reviews. Keep writing

    1. Thanks sir,
      Your feedback is much appreciated.