Watermark Reviews

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August 7, 2019
Watermark is a kind of mega hydro project of its own, generating waves of shock and awe.
April 3, 2019
The film alights though differing vignettes from spans continents and dives into the relationship water, the environment and humanity have and how all three struggle to coexist.
March 28, 2019
There seems to be a message of conservation laced in Baichwal and Burtynsky's epic collage, but it isn't graspable enough to elicit deep thought. But still, the majesty of it all is worth the price of admission alone.
November 16, 2018
A well-made but dull documentary about water from Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, whose lauded Manufactured Landscapes was a similarly stoic, beautifully photographed, boring look at industrial manufacturing.
October 2, 2017
Through their awe-inspiring images of rivers and tides, Burtynsky and Baichwal carve out a space for reflection about where and how we mere mortals fit within this watery world.
January 7, 2015
...splits the difference between a fully immersive documentary like Leviathan and an informational special you might find on the National Geographic channel.
September 10, 2014
Great for IMAX theatres, but it's got the hypnotic, brain-emptying quality of a lava lamp.
September 5, 2014
Somehow or other, form and intent mesh together utterly seamlessly.
September 4, 2014
It's not as focused as its predecessor, but its best sequences rehydrate the mind.
September 4, 2014
Stand out scenes would work as well as stills in a photography book.
September 1, 2014
With no narration or context, its subject matter comes across as dry, while the enviro-message is undermined by a yawn-inducing lack of urgency.
July 5, 2014
The sorts of visuals the filmmakers capture are nothing short of astounding...yet while the imagery is beautiful, its implications are often dire.
May 9, 2014
No glaring message, in fact no narration, just gorgeous 5K ultra-high-def images.
May 1, 2014
They've found a way of serving up these images without seeming callous or exploitative or preachy.
May 1, 2014
Although the visuals are spectacular - a barren Colorado River looks like a landscape from a science-fiction epic - there's not much else here to grab on.
April 25, 2014
Grave, momentous, lush, threatening, engulfing, the HD imagery surveying the epic scale of bodies of water and the thrash and volume of currents and spill-off is keenly beautiful.
April 24, 2014
As in Manufactured Landscapes, the long shots of natural and man-made environments have a patterned, abstract beauty that often chafes against the ugly truth on the ground.
April 18, 2014
It relies heavily on visuals and offers minimal context. The project has a pro-environment feeling, which comes across implicitly, not through browbeating or preaching.
April 17, 2014
The movie, which does drag at times, puts into perspective what an impact we've had on the planet and its lifeblood.
April 17, 2014
It's the majesty and beauty of water at its most pure that stays with us longest.
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