Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Water Diviner

Dehydration is no threat to him!?

A man with a knack for finding things (Russel Crowe) decides to go looking for his missing ANZAC sons, four years after they went to war at Gallipoli (and never returned). Most of the film takes place in Turkey which is a pretty nice setting and Crowe has believable acting chops for his part. While the first section of the movie is mostly drama which works well, following how Crowe gets past a lot of red tape, towards the end they tried to infuse more action into it which sort of dilutes the whole thing.

Now where'd I put my keys...

Cinematography wise it's a very nice picture to watch. It's also nice to see a guy totally out of his element and what life over there is like, as well as seeing the people on both sides who can't let go of the bloodshed. Yilmaz Erdogan is fantastic in his role here too, perhaps doing even better than Crowe. The flashback war scenes are also nice, but clearly not as much budget was pushed in that direction as the rest of the movie which is fine since it only plays a little part in the over all tale.

All up, it's not a bad flick to watch and I give it three holes out of five. I don't think it's one that warrants a second watching though.


  1. I've been wondering how that movie turned out; now I have to find the time to actually watch it. Thanks for the review.

    (And I don't say that often enough, either.)

    1. Thanks for the reply Redbeard! Just get some divining rods to point you towards some free time. ;p