Dark Waters (2019)


“The system is rigged. The want us to believe that it’ll protect us, but that’s a lie. We protect us. We do. Nobody else. Not the companies, not the scientists, not the government. Us.” – Rob Bilott

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An environmental lawyer is drawn into a case by the neighbor of his grandmother who claims that a chemical company is knowingly poisoning the world.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before watching it besides the fact that it stars Mark Ruffalo in the lead role.

The story is actually quite fascinating and the fact that the events depicted have been on-gong for over twenty years is mind blowing.

The film doesn’t show chemical companies in a good light especially when they are purposely negligent with regard to the proper disposal of hazardous materials.

Ruffalo is great in the lead and really makes us believe his character and the crusade that he is on.

He is helped along by a very talented supporting cast that includes Tim Robbins, Anne Hathaway, Bill Pullman and Victor Garber.

They all help show how deep this controversy goes.

The story is based on real events and that adds so much more poignancy to the plot.

This film show how tiresome and exhausting the legal process can sometimes be and sometimes, a relatively simple case can be dragged along for years which says so much about the kind of power that industry has in the legal and in the political machine of the US.

Bottom Line – Fascinating film that tries to show the way that things have progressed over the past twenty years with regard to the way that chemical companies have been neglecting being cautious with hazardous materials.  Ruffalo does a great job in the lead role and he is helped along by Robbins, Hathaway, Pullman and Garber who all show how deep this controversy can go. The fact that this story is based on real events adds so much to the poignancy of things as the story unfolds.  Really like the way that the film shows how exhausting the legal process can get and that even a case like this that might seem simple and straightforward can be dragged along for years which says so much for the power of industry when needed. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Bilott’s case involves data from 3M. He uses 3M Post-it Notes to tag documents that came from DuPont. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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