First Glance: “Dark Waters”


The new trailer for the Todd Haynes corporate drama “Dark Waters” gives us a good idea of the company it wants to keep. It clearly shoots to be in the vein of the fabulous “Spotlight” and the lesser “The Post”. But something feels off. Perhaps it’s the ominous horror movie score pulsating in the background. Maybe it’s the well-worn ‘noble blue-collar vs. nefarious white-collar’ storyline. I can’t put my finger on it.

Mark Ruffalo plays a corporate defense attorney who has his eyes opened to the shady and life-threatening negligence of DuPont chemicals. This one-time company loyalist turns against his employers to defend a small town which puts his career and potentially his life in danger. The trailer revs up the tension throughout which makes it feel slightly more romanticized than it needs to be. But that could just be the trailer.

“Dark Waters” is set to hit theaters November 22nd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.


28 thoughts on “First Glance: “Dark Waters”

  1. That was such a bad trailer. It looks like a Netflix original film that Netflix was embarrassed of and Netflix doesn’t even feel shame so that’s how bad it is.

  2. It does look like a typical whistleblower drama with a lot of the usual looks that is expected but I’m not going to let the trailer sway me in. Mainly because it’s a film by Todd Haynes whose films I love a lot. Plus, he might do something different and with people like Mark Ruffalo and Queen Anne, who knows? Maybe it will be good.

  3. Great cast! Looks surprisingly conventional for a Todd Haynes film. I wonder where the artistic flourish is here? Unless, he’s taken a studio film gig to finance a more “indie” production next time. Looks like an interesting story though.

  4. Ruffalo seems very excited for this film so I’ll definitely give it a watch. I loved Spotlight and The Post was fine, I enjoy movies like this.

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