The Water Diviner, directed by Russell Crowe, is an excellent movie. I didn’t think I would like it, boy was I wrong. The movie opens in 1919 right after WWI, with a farmer named Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe), using a diviner to find water on his property. When he does, he digs and builds a rather sophisticated well. Joshua has three sons, Arthur (Ryan Corr), Edward (James Fraser), and Henry (Ben O’Toole) who all served with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at the Battle of Gallipoli five years prior to the opening scene of the movie and are now presumed dead. Joshua’s wife, Eliza (Jacqueline McKenzie), is unable to come to grips with their loss and blames Joshua for not going out and finding the boys. Soon after, Eliza committed suicide by drowning. Joshua would have to lie to her priest so that she could be buried on consecrated ground. At her burial, he decided he would bring his boys back and bury them beside her.
Joshua then commits himself to finding exactly what happened to the boys, to whom he had incredibly close relationships. So he packed up and set out on a journey to Turkey where he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko) and her son Orhan (Dylan Georgiades). Ayshe is a widow who has not accepted her husband’s death but warms up to Joshua and tries to help him get to Gallipoli where his sons were killed. There are some profound surprises on Joshua’s journey that make this movie worth every minute of your time watching it. The Water Diviner will pull more emotions out of you than you ever expected. Observing the audience around me, there was much laughter, tears and outburst. Aside from Russell Crowe, a Turkish officer by the name of Major Hasan (Yılmaz Erdoğan) will steal away your heart.
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When it’s your time, it’s your time. Matthew McConaughey is on a roll. His performance in Interstellar was fantastic. Matthew played Cooper, a retired NASA test pilot, turned farmer, who has a passion for space, flying and discovery. Anne Hathaway was equally magnificent in the role of biologist Amelia, the daughter of a renowned scientist named Brand, played by Michael Cain. The special effects and the great attention to detail is nothing short of phenomenal. Interstellar is a blockbuster of a movie that is well suited for those with a scientific mind and a real sense of adventure. I couldn’t begin to tell you of all the complicated jargon that went into Interstellar to complete this level of cosmic interest. Interstellar is about a team of space travelers who must travel through a wormhole in search of a habitable planet. It seems that Earth’s natural resources are at the brink of extinction, causing us to regress to an agrarian civilization, which is failing. According to Brand, there are 3 planets on the other side of the wormhole that qualify as worthy candidates. At this point, the story gets too complicated for this review but I will tell you that Interstellar has it all, from the “Endurance” that Cooper pilots, to the 2 robots (Case and Tars) that accompany the crew on their journey to the black hole called Gargantua. There is time travel and time lines that are truly fascinating. Cooper’s daughter Murphy, who is called Murph throughout the entire movie becomes a central character and is played by 3 different actresses. In the end, Cooper, who is raising his 2 children (Tom and Murph) must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race. Exciting, interesting, entertaining and thought provoking are some of the words that best describe this movie. Interstellar is 2 hours and 49 minutes well worth spending both your time and money to see but is not for everyone. Some folks may find it too scientific!
[INTERSTELLAR is Nominated for Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects]
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