Dark Waters (2020)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 2 hour 6 min
Release Date: February 28 2020
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Director: Todd Haynes
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins

Plot Summary

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Based on the article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare”, Dark Waters is the story of Rob Bilott, a corporate lawyer turned environmental crusader, getting to the bottom of known chemical contamination by one of America’s biggest corporations, DuPont.

After reading this article Mark Ruffalo went after the film rights for this, something he clearly was passionate about which shows in his performance. Within his portrayal he really brings out the care of this subject matter, and shows the affects Bilott went through on this long arduous journey to find justice. Anne Hathaway, who plays Bilott’s wife, has a very important role also, showing the affects the relentless case had on the family as a whole.

Flowing well was key to this being successful, due to the story panning out over decades this really needed to make that work, something in which it does very well. At times the narrative did drag a little, and maybe would’ve served better cutting it a little shorter, but all in all it really manages to capture the serious nature of this true story.

Making sure this is portrayed in the right manner with the right facts is key to this film’s success, Dark Waters manages to showcase the emotion and lets it leap out onto screen, evidently showing Ruffalo’s passion for the subject.