Dark Waters

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score5
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"Dark Waters" is the riveting story of a courageous attorney who uncovers a deadly secret and blows the lid off a monumental cover-up. Mark Ruffalo is the tenacious attorney who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything––his future, his family, and his own life––to expose the truth. Based on The New York Times Magazine article "The Lawyer Who Became Dupont's Worst Nightmare" by Nathaniel Rich. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "The Cost Of Being A Hero" (HD 05:38), "Uncovering Dark Waters" (HD 05:01) and "The Real People" (HD 02:28) and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture delivers a film-like texture and appearance. The color palette exhibits a rather subdued saturation and favors bleak grays, a greenish stylized tint, and overcast exterior lighting. Fleshtones are impacted by the stylization and settings. Contrast is well balanced with revealing shadow delineation and solid, natural black levels. Imagery is sharp with good resolution, both as exhibited in the environment surrounding the West Virginia rural areas and in the scenes depicting the law offices and courtroom. In the interior scenes hues exhibit a warm quality. Clothing and object textures are nicely defined, as is fleshtones and skin textures during close-ups. This is a picture that is almost documentary in style, which enhances the realism. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is driven by dialogue, which is generally spatially integrated. Excellent atmospheric sound effects aid in creating realism. Deep, sub-25 Hz powerful synthesizer bass is quite prominent at times, which enhances the mood and drama. Surround energy from the atmospherics and music is enveloping. This is, except for infrequent moments, a soundtrack lacking in strong dynamic content. (Gary Reber)