The Weight of Water
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 4, 2003
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Catherine McCormack, Elizabeth Hurley, Sean Penn, Josh Lucas & Sarah Polley|
|Performer:||Vinessa Shaw, Ciarán Hinds, Anders W. Berthelsen, Katrin Cartlidge & Ulrich Thomsen|
|Directed by||Kathryn Bigelow|
|Screenwriting by||Christopher Kyle & Alice Arlen|
|Composition by||David Hirschfelder|
|Produced by||Joni Sighvatsson, Janet Yang & A. Kitman Ho|
|Director of Photography:||Adrian Biddle|
Rating: 2/4 -- The film might appeal to those who've already read the book, but it's unlikely those who haven't will find much of anything to enjoy here. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Rating: 2/4 -- Bigelow offers some flashy twists and turns that occasionally fortify this turgid fable. But for the most part, The Weight of Water comes off as a two-way time-switching myopic mystery that stalls in its lackluster gear of emotional blandness. Full Review
...The cast is in good form, and the 19th-century half gets more interesting as it goes...
...Bigelow's adaptation of Anita Shreve's novel is intriguing...
Sight and Sound
Rating: C- -- It doesn't surprise me that this film sat for two years in storage before released, as the final version appeared clunky. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
[Polley] is spectacularly fierce.
Rating: 3/4 -- But Bigelow creates such an intoxicating swell it is hard to not get drawn in to the whole convoluted mess these era-spanning characters find themselves in. Full Review
Two stories unravel simultaneously in this dark and suspenseful film. The first story, set in the present day, concerns a photographer, Jean (Catherine McCormack). She is working on an article for a magazine about a pair of bloody murders that happened 200 years before on the Isle of Shoals, just off the coast of New Hampshire. To get the pictures she needs she must visit the location of the murders, and so her husband, Thomas (Sean Penn), arranges a yachting trip with his brother, Rich (Josh Lucas), and Rich's girlfriend, Adaline (Elizabeth Hurley). The foursome pal around, enjoying the sea and the sun, while Adaline shamelessly seduces Thomas. Meanwhile, Jean is reliving the Isle of Shoals murders in her head, which is where the second story comes in. Maren (Sarah Polley) is a Norwegian woman who has recently immigrated to America with her husband. When her sister (Katrin Cartlidge) and sister-in-law (Vinessa Shaw) are brutally bludgeoned to death with an axe, she is the sole survivor, and thus the only one who knows the truth about what happened. THE WEIGHT OF WATER draws a parallel between these two tense episodes, as the surf swirls menacingly, foretelling imminent disaster.
Live-Action | Mystery | Suspense | Thriller | Theatrical Release | Crime | Sex | Photographers | Based On A Novel
- Theatrical Release: NOVEMBER 1, 2002
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