‘The Water Diviner’ Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]
“The Water Diviner” tells the tale of a father and his journey in search of his missing sons. Directed and starred by Russell Crowe, “The Water Diviner,” set during World War I, is bound to win the hearts and empathy of its audience. Read on for further details.
“The Water Diviner” Synopsis:
Inspired by true events, “The Water Diviner” is set during World War I and tells the tale of a man who traveled to Turkey in search of his three missing sons. Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) is a farmer with an uncanny ability to detect water from the ground. A dangerous dust storm leads him to lose his sons Henry (Ben Norris/Ben O’Toole), Arthur (played by Jack Patterson in early years and Ryan Corr in later years), and Edward (Aidan Smith/James Fraser). Losing their sons causes despair and grief in Joshua’s wife, Eliza (Jacqueline McKenzie). Joshua’s ability to find water leads his wife to tell him, “You can find water, but you can’t even find your own children.” Eliza kills herself by drowning, which leads Joshua to finally decide that it’s time to bring his sons back.
Joshua travel to Turkey, wherein he encounters a British officer named Brindley (Dan Wyllie). He requests to visit the battlefield and an attempt to search for his lost boys. Orhan (Dylan Georgiades) then brings him to a hotel run by his uncle (Steve Bastoni) and mother, Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko).
As Joshua reaches the Gallipoli beachhead, Australian officer Cyril Hughes (Jai Courtney) willingly lends him a hand. When questioned by the Turkish military officer Major Hasan (played by Turkish actor Yilmaz Erdogan) on why he was willing to help the man, he says, “He’s the only father who came looking.”
“The Water Diviner” Review:
“The Water Diviner” is Russell Crowe’s first movie to star both in front of and behind the camera. The movie, which takes on the storyline of a father who’s on a mission to bring closure to his lost sons, represents a deep collection of symbolism — from his journey to finding his sons to Joshua’s ability to detect water as a spiritual connection.
“‘The Water Diviner’ marks an ambitious if emotionally manipulative directing debut for Russell Crowe,” said Eddie Cockrell of Variety.
Frank Hatherley of Screen Daily described, “It’s a heart-warming tale of family, love and sacrifice told with four-square enthusiasm and manliness by director and star Russell Crowe.”
The movie will rollout domestically on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, 2014, and will be shown and produced by Warner Bros. in the U.S. on April 24, 2015.
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