Dark Water Reviews
This is a classy horror that has a decent drama-style structure. It is a bit draggy at first but the interest keeps you there till the impact..
Although it's very predictable (most films are these days), I really didn't mind it, it's just like having a different drink with the same vitamins if you know what I mean. It's a different movie with the same outline. But like drinks, there are ones I like better than others, and this is one of them.
A worthy play in my opinion, its suspenseful, dramatic, tragic and emotionally disturbing. A dreadful horror indeed!
The ending is extremely mysterious and vaguely sad at the same time.
EDIT: Saw the remake, made me realize that this film wasn't THAT great, dropped the rating accordingly. It's still worth watching, though.
That's it, I'm giving up on Japanese horror. My interest was first piqued with the suspenseful if flawed American version of The Ring, so I tried Ju-On (The Grudge) and The Eye with mixed but mostly piffling results. I thought Dark Water would beat them both after an intriguing 20 minutes, but then played out the same, only worse.
This new wave of Japanese ghost stories work on a level of logic that I simply cannot accept and are filled with inconsistencies that make me want to yell, not in a good way. Add to that the creakiness of 1930s movies like Dracula or Frankenstein where time after time the protagonist, filled with dread, takes no less than 45 seconds to turn their head, which in reality would've been lopped clean off by the kind of danger they feared lurking behind them. If you think 3 films is a rush to judgement, keep in mind these have been hailed near the top of their class and made by 3 different directors. If you were judging food, how many times do you want to throw squid and eel down your throat before you decide you don't like sushi after all?
The performances are great and I believe this movie is more of a surprise in its overall than most other J-horror kind of movies. And in this movie, the blue filter and darkness seems more appropriate. To me, I know it was the same as the team for Ringu, but it had more of a Kyoshi Kurosawa feel ? and that always gets points from me. If anyone has seen the US version, no need to see this one. If you haven?t seen the US version, see that one first. You will be pleasantly surprised. But if you haven?t seen any J-horror, this is a great place to start.