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2020, Drama - Court Room

Dark Waters (2020 in Spain)

DarkWaters

Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The New York Times magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich.
Director Todd Haynes
Writers/Script Mario Correa, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins. Bill Pullman, Bill Camp, Victor Garber,

Elevator Pitch: A backwoods farmer from West Virginia visits a corporate lawyer, working for a firm who are in bed with the chemical companies, complaining that his cattle have died due to chemical run off onto his farm. The lawyer, Rob Bilott, is reluctant to get involved but does so because of his grandmother, who lives in the town. He becames aware that the chemical giant DuPont has been knowingly dumping harmful chemicals in the countryside, and so takes them on. Rob obsessively pursues DuPont possibly putting his marriage, heath and job at risk, since the chemical company seems to keep wriggling off the hook.

Content:  The farm is visited, the lawyer makes speeches in his offices and gets help from the senior partner. He starts suing the chemical company and over time learns what it is they have been dumping, a chemical used in the production of Teflon. Alarming facts are revealed about DuPont, as their chief executive gets snotty and attempts to derail the legal process, but gradually, with 69,000 people turning up to have their blood tested, they are backed into a corner. Meanwhile we see the lawyer’s family getting fed up with his obsession.

A View: This film is apparently released in USA ansd Spain but not due in UK and maybe elsewhere until later. The whole presentation is extremely low key, so whatever emotion it evokes is left up to us, the viewers. It has so far been well liked by the critics and by the general public who have seen it. Whether it will finally make any money or not looks as if it will depend on the pay packets of the actors. If you like films about corporate unpleasantness well worth the ticket price.

Additional Info: It appears that 99% of living beings on the planet have traces of long chain carbons – C8 – in them – in us.

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