Dark Waters – Review

Dark Waters was based on an article that appeared in the New York Times magazine and was rewritten by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan

Robert Billott (Mark Ruffalo) is a lawyer incorporated in Taft Stettinius & Hollister, – a large law firm that defends many large companies, including DuPont.  

Told, when Robert was visiting his grandmother’s house in a town called Parkersburg that entered the West Virginia area, a resident named Wilbur Tennant (Bill Camp) came to Robert and asked Robert to defend his demands on the DuPont company. Apparently, the grandmother had often talked about her profession, a lawyer, to the townspeople.  

Wil also invited Robert to see conditions that are very different from what he saw during the trip to the grandmother’s house. Wil told, he had lost 190 of his cows that died from drinking ground water in the city.   As it turned out, the city was in a state of health emergency because for 40 years it had unconsciously consumed water contaminated with DuPont chemical plant waste. Water pollution by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) residues from the manufacture of Teflon, triggers cancer and tooth decay in humans, and brain infections that cause livestock to go crazy, then die.  

Dark Waters
Dark Waters

Robert was confused, on Games Online dan Offline the one hand He had received many good things from DuPont while on the other hand, an arbitrariness was taking place before his eyes. Until finally, his conscience called and decided to help the cattle rancher as well as all the residents of the small town.   Various pressures faced by Robert to prove that the reality he found in the small town violated the law. And he has to deal with his own company, – even the government that has been influenced by DuPont.

The characters raised in this film focus on Robert and the people in Robert’s scope of work. Naturally, because the film’s story was adapted from a true story that depicts Robert’s struggle against a large company through the legal channels he quasi.  

While the wife of Robert Sarah (Anne Hathaway), described as a wife who is no less intelligent, where he is often setup to start debates over differences of opinion that occur between him and Robert.

The director Todd Haynes, I think is very appropriate to choose Mark Ruffalo who is very supportive in terms of face and character. Where Robert himself is portrayed as an intelligent, upright, polite but firm man.  

In this film, Mark has a lot of dialogues with his own boss Tom Terp (Tim Robbins), who has an ambitious and high-profile character. The film also landed insinuations on DuPont boss, Phil Donnelly (Victor Garber), who was described as looking good in front but arrogant.

Films with the concept of heroism over arbitrariness – corporate authority are always unique to be appointed, – because it easily ignites public anger. Overall, this film successfully presents a sketch of the struggle of an ordinary human being, which we really expect to happen in the real world. Despite the fact, often the corporate side is invincible.

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