The Water Diviner

2015

The Water Diviner

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The Water Diviner finds Russell Crowe on somewhat uncertain footing as a director, but he's rescued by a strong performance from himself in the leading role.

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An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Cast

Isabel Lucas
as Natalia
Jai Courtney
as Lt. Colonel Hughes
Yilmaz Erdogan
as Major Hasan
Salih Kalyon
as Dr. Ibrahim
Ben Norris
as Young Henry
Aidan Smith
as Young Edward
Damon Herriman
as Father McIntyre
Dan Wylie
as Captain Brindley
Max Benitz
as Lieutenant
Charles Allan
as British Soldier (Arrival Hall)
Ali Akdeniz
as Turkish Official (Arrival Hall)
Robert Mammone
as Colonel Demergelis
Deniz Akdeniz
as Iman 1919
Emrah Aksu
as Boy Soldier
Jack Randall
as British Clerk
Zev Eleftheriou
as Train Driver
David Oliver
as British Soldier (Topkapi)
Asena Gündüz
as Omer's Daugher #1
Aleyna Gündüz
as Omer's Daughter #2
Abdullah Eraslan
as Distinguished Turkish Man
Mustafa Özlük
as Turkish Band - Sunnet
Serdar Ali Sagin
as Turkish Band - Sunnet
Ediz Nidai
as Turkish Band - Sunnet
Jason Honeychurch
as Young Veteran
George Ogilvie
as Blade Knife Sharpener
Gazi Yalcin
as Turkish Band (Gallipoli)
Brad Turner
as Turkish Band (Gallipoli)
Fabian Hevia
as Turkish Band (Gallipoli)
Varlam Nikoladze
as Old Pleasant
Nigar Alkan Sen
as Woman in Village
Muammer Er
as Villager
Ali Akkus
as Villager
Mustafa Konukcu
as Whirling Dervish Leader
Mehmet Emin Kabakci
as Whirling Dervish
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Critic Reviews for The Water Diviner

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (58)

  • While Crowe the actor has impressive screen presence and conveys grief with subtlety, Crowe the director errs on the side of caution in this conservatively directed feature, which splutters along...

    August 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Successfully navigating war, drama, action and romance, this film has it all on both sides of the camera.

    May 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's got issues, but it's a sincere, mournful celebration of a country that turned the pain of loss into strength.

    March 14, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…
  • Trying to do too much, and losing the humanity in his story, The Water Diviner is just a mess.

    August 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • As a debut it is a remarkable effort, with Crowe showing a great deal of sophistication in handling the narrative.

    August 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Joseph Walsh

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  • "The Water Diviner" is a beautiful story engaging the viewer on many different levels.

    August 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Water Diviner

  • Oct 18, 2015
    All the excitement you'd expect from a film about the battle for Gallipoli -- or, rather, from slogging through the mud of the battle field four years later in order to inexplicably, magically divine the places where your three sons died...one...by...one....in order to fulfill a promise to a depressed woman who killed herself long ago. Quick tip: Save you ticket money and take a two hour nap instead!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2015
    A cheesey love story that has an equally absurd plot. Well acted shame about the rest.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2015
    Russell Crowe's performance is the only thing that prevents this from being a complete disaster, since his awful direction and the lame script turn the film into a Mexican telenovela for alpha males, with ludicrous situations, cheesy dialogue and Olga Kurylenko as an irritating caricature.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2015
    Deserving more attention that it has thus far received, The Water Diviner represents Russell Crowe's directorial debut and the result is relatively successful, if unspectacular. While the plot involves an Australian man traveling to British-occupied post-Ottoman Turkey, trying to recover his sons' remains in the aftermath of WWI (all three were presumably killed at The Battle of Gallipoli), it is framed as a journey of self- discovery with light romantic elements. Crowe proves to be a competent but not exceptional director. His true talents lie in front of the camera and he is still an able lead, provided he has something to work with. Olga Kurylenko perks up the picture a bit with her charms, even if her casting as a Turkish woman is questionable. (She's French Russian, but Hollywood has been doing this shit forever, so who cares right?) There are many historical elements that go nowhere - the British Occupation, Turkish Nationalist movements, the Greek Invasion, women's lack of rights in an Islamic society, among others that just form noise and an interesting backdrop. What proves more substantial is the film's true subtext about the aftermath of the WWI itself. I would argue that The Water Diviner is a light, somber epitaph to the generation of young men lost on both sides of the Middle Eastern campaign and the people they left behind. It's not perfect and lacks the punch it might have had, but the topic is something more Americans need to be familiar with, and you could do far worse things with your time.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer

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