Directed by Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven , Carol ) and based on a magazinearticlethat tells of a true story of one corporate lawyer who challenged a multi-billion chemical empire, Dark Waters focuses on Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) who travels to his home town in West Virginia to discover evidence of gross environmental damage caused by a huge corporation, DuPont. His neighbour’s cattle is dying, water is turning dark and people have health problems in the area. Bilott picks up a Tennant case, thinking it will be over in a matter of months, but the case snowballs over the years as more horrific secrets are uncovered. The concerned lawyer, who is always supported by his wife Sarah (Anne Hathaway), is passionately searching for answers and explanations as the corporation first refuses to admit responsibility and then makes it difficult for numerous victims to seek justice and restitution.
I am fully expecting some multiple “best performance” nominations by the Academy here, and even some wins, because the performances here seem really terrific. In fact, they are the best I have seen so far this year.
David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, starts off with a day of a couple’s fifth wedding anniversary when a husband, Nick (Ben Affleck) discovers the missing of his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike). As the investigation gets underway, Nick begins to admit more surprising facts about his marriage/private life to the point where his self-incrimination becomes inevitable.
One of the most brilliant things about ‘Gone Girl’ is that it is a very entertaining and sarcastically funny movie, with Fincher’s direction being smooth and controlled throughout. Another amazing thing is Rosamund Pike’s brilliant, versatile performance, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Although Pike showed off her excellent portrayals of genuinely sweet and caring women in ‘An Education’ (2009) and ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (2005), here, the actress takes her acting skills to a completely new level. In ‘Gone Girl’, Pike jumps from portraying a sweet, devoted wife to displaying a cunning woman, whose mental and emotional conditions lead her to commit actions of unexpected cruelty.