#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the narrative of the eyewitness and Jean’s private struggle with jealousies and suspicions as her marriage teeters.
Plot: A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness.
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Excellent Cast and Budget Wasted by a Confused Screenplay and a Terrible and Pretentious Direction
This movie could be an excellent film, having a great cast and budget, photography and soundtrack, but it does not work well. Why? Because of the confused screenplay and a terrible and even pretentious direction. There are two stories, one of them excellent. In 1873, two women are ax murdered in an isolated island in New Hampshire. A man is accused of the crime by the survival, Maren Hontvedt (Sarah Polley), and condemned to be hanged. This story, presented through flashbacks, is wonderful, with an outstanding performance of Sarah Polley. In the present days, the newspaper photographer Jean Janes (Catherine McCormack) is researching this murder. She is married with the famous writer Thomas Janes (Sean Penn), and she convinces her brother-in-law Rich Janes (Josh Lucas) to sail to the island in his yacht. Rich brings his girlfriend Adaline Gunne (the delicious Elizabeth Hurley), who is a fan of Thomas and tries to seduce him, playing erotic games. This story is totally confused, spinning and never reaching a point. The intention of the director was to have a parallel narrative, linked by common points. But in practice, it becomes a mess, with unresolved situations and characters not well developed. In the end, I felt sorrow for such a waste of a talented cast. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): `O Peso da Água’ (`The Weight of the Water’)
Mystery with a Norwegian rage theme in this suspense thriller
This is a film about suppressed emotions and the effect of how negating your true self can poison the human intellect. The Weight of Water is most likely what most Americans would consider a slow film, which generally is not a good thing. Reviewing from the point of view of a Swedish/American, I see it differently. The first thing that strikes me is how well the Scandinavian mindset and attitude is captured. It’s almost to the point of parody when you’re told the harsh life of the main character played by Sara Polley, in one of the film’s two intermingled stories. Sarah Polley, however, does such an excellent job portraying a young Norwegian woman in lack of affection and the longing for her brother whom she loves dearly, that I let me get drawn into her world. This is where the movie excels and Polley carries the film so well just be being very believable, that it let’s me forgive the not so great acting by some of her counterparts. Don’t get me wrong; the acting keeps a high quality throughout. The problem is that these are very ambitious and pretentious quarters. The acting necessary to make this type of late 1800 reality drama believable is nothing your average American actor can pull through. It requires honesty and an innocence that is hard to come by, not less fake. Polley is stunning, and both beautiful, transparent, and scary. It is quite rare experiencing a movie that allows for such nakedness, sparse dialogue, interpretation of glances, gestures, and untold suggestions. I’m also surprised how well it works. Kudos to Catherine Bigelow for pulling this through.
Polley/the young Norwegian woman is in the center piece of an ancient murder mystery investigated by the other of the film’s two main character’s, in the settings that takes place in the modern time of the film, Catherine McCormack. McCormack is also doing a decent job portraying a photographic journalist who’s investigating the old murder tale to write about it in a magazine. It is primarily McCormack’s character’s experience of the unfolding of the 1873 murder tale we as an audience get to see. During this, Catherine’s character has qualms about her own relationship to a famous poet played by Sean Penn. Sean does a decent job enough to portray a selfish and uncompassionate writer, but unfortunately the dynamic between Penn and McCormack does not work very well. Overall, the modern story part of the film is less convincing than the 1800 one, although there are some obvious and some not so obvious parallels between the two. The modern story part of the film is where it is weakest, and almost feel redundant to me. This, without anyone doing a terrible job really. It’s just that the pretentiousness doesn’t work quite as well here. In the midst of it all, we have a bikini skipping Elisabeth Hurly who plays the part of a combination of an admirer of Penn’s character’s poetry work, and a sex tease. There is a bit of more complexity to her character in the mix, but Hurley does not manage to balance it well. The result us that she mostly annoying, although she’s probably only doing what she is told. To put a more interesting twist to it, Hurley should have been to exchanged with a more subtle beauty who’s sexuality is not posted on the bulletin boards. Penn’s potential attraction to Hurley’s character is what the parallel story’s untold emotions revolve around. Here, the subtleness is less subtle, and it’s interesting to see how these famous names does not manage to carry it’s side if the film as well as the lesser known names in the 1873 murder tale part of the film. Josh Lucas also has a part playing Penn’s character’s brother, and Hurley’s character’s boyfriend. Lucas’ character is opposite in temperament and looks of Penn’s. Good looking, light hearted, playboy-ish. Where McCormick and Penn – who really just seem to need to get out more – take everything dead seriously, Lucas’s characters smile aware of his brother’s temperament and the potential hardships of young parents with small children who work too much and never gets out.
Going on a trip on a sailing boat, and working at the same time, would be “almost like a vacation”. These are among the first words that open the movie and you realize early it is not going to be an ordinary vacation. This early realization, the calm tempo, and the strained emotions of the films main characters, is what keeps the movie suspense, despite its slow tempo. Then it has the usual ingredients necessary, the questions. Who did what, and why? What are the motives behind people’s actions? Who is good, who is bad? Thankfully Bigelow does not comment on it, and let the film speak for itself. It’s no big mystery, it’s more of a study of human nature.
While Polley carries the 1873 part of the movie with her sensitive acting and expression, McCormack saves the modern part. She looks haunted enough for me to stay interested, and her good intentions manage to keep the plot of the acceptable side of what could otherwise have been embarrassingly banal.
If you’re looking for a slightly different movie with some suspense, some people you recognize, and at the same time are willing to get exposed to a type of acting and story telling you might not be used to, I recommend The Weight of Water. Despite my perhaps harsh words, I give it a strong 7 out of 10 since the bottom-line is that I stayed interested through the entire movie, and enjoyed it a great deal.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Writer Anita Shreve (novel), Alice Arlen (screenplay), Christopher Kyle (screenplay)
Actors Ciarán Hinds, Richard Donat, Sarah Polley, Ulrich Thomsen
Country USA, Canada, France
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color and prints), DeLuxe, Toronto, Canada (dailies)
Film Length 3,171 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm