|Posted by john Donnelly on August 27, 2015 at 5:35 PM|
The Water Diviner was fantastic, thrilling, intense, sad, eye opening, great cast, great story, worth watching
9/10 IMADDICTED Rating
The Water Diviner is a 2014 Australian historical fictional war drama film directed by and starring Russell Crowe in his directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight. The film is loosely based on the book of the same name, written by Andrew Anastasios and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios.
The film co-stars Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yılmaz, Yılmaz Erdoğan, and Jacqueline McKenzie. The Water Diviner had its world premiere at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia on 2 December 2014. It opened in Australian and New Zealand cinemas on 26 December 2014. The film had a limited release in the United States on 24 April 2015.
The Water Diviner features a collaboration between Russell Crowe and Jacqueline McKenzie, reuniting them for the first time since 1992's Romper Stomper. It was the final film from Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who died in April 2015, a week after the film's U.S. release.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Water_Diviner" target="_blank">wiki
The film opens in 1919, just after World War I has ended. Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe), an Australian farmer and water diviner, has located ground water on his land and is digging a well. Upon emerging from the well, he jests with his dog that his hunch about finding water was correct. Joshua returns home to find his wife, Eliza (Jacqueline McKenzie), mending boots that she says one of their sons had damaged. She asks him to read a story to their three boys and, although tired, he agrees. As Joshua reads Arabian Nights, we see that their sons' beds are empty. Joshua's three sons Arthur (Ryan Corr), Edward (James Fraser), and Henry (Ben O'Toole) served with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at the Battle of Gallipoli four years previously and are presumed dead. Eliza, unable to cope with her grief, commits suicide. Joshua resolves to bring his sons' bodies home and bury them with their mother.
Joshua travels to Turkey and stays in a hotel in Istanbul run by war-widowed Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko). When Joshua contacts the British consul, he is told that Gallipoli, where his sons were killed, is off limits. Joshua grows closer to Ayshe's son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades). Ayshe warms to the Australian after learning why he is in Turkey. She suggests he bribe a local fisherman to take him to Gallipoli by boat. Joshua arrives in Gallipoli where he meets more resistance. The ANZACs are engaged in a mass burial detail and all civilians are banned. Major Hasan (Yılmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer assisting the ANZACs, persuades the ANZAC captain Lt-Col Cyril Hughes (Jai Courtney) to prioritize helping Joshua with his search.
Joshua sees in visions that Arthur was injured while returning to his trench. When Henry and Edward ran to his rescue, Henry was killed and Edward badly wounded. Joshua walks the battlefield and locates where they were gunned down. The soldiers uncover bodies, and Joshua sees skulls with bullet holes. An ANZAC sergeant implies that Major Hasan, who oversaw the defense in the area, ordered all casualties to be executed. Joshua attempts to assault Hasan but is stopped. Hasan recognizes Joshua's surname and tells him that Arthur may have been taken prisoner.
Joshua returns to Istanbul to learn which prison camp Arthur was transferred to, but is unsuccessful. The British Consul tells him he is being deported for having traveled to Gallipoli. Joshua returns to Ayshe's hotel. Her brother-in-law, Omer, is pressing her to marry him but she says she needs more time to decide. He loses patience and tells Orhan that his father was killed in the war. An angry Ayshe slaps him, and he attacks her; Joshua intervenes and Omer angrily retreats. Ayshe lashes out, blaming Joshua for making things worse and tells him to leave. As Joshua leaves the hotel, Omer and a few of his friends gang up on him, only to be stopped by Hasan's subordinate, Sergeant Jemal (Cem Yılmaz). Jemal takes Joshua to Hasan, who explains that the Greeks have invaded and they are going to defend their country as the British are not intervening. Joshua realizes they will be passing through the region where his son might be. He returns to the hotel to retrieve his bag; Ayshe apologizes for her earlier words. As the British come to escort Joshua back to Australia, he sneaks out and goes to Hasan.
Greek soldiers attack the train and only Jemal, Hasan and Joshua survive. Joshua saves Hasan as a Greek officer prepares to execute him and Jemal. They flee to a town where they spot a windmill, which Joshua saw in his recurring dream. There he finds Arthur alive but badly traumatized. Arthur reveals that at the end of the battle, Edward lay bleeding in agony for hours pleading for Arthur to end his suffering. Arthur reached for the deceased Henry's rifle and shot him. Believing he caused his brother's deaths, Arthur felt he could never return to his family.
Greeks attack the town, and the two men escape through the mountains. Wracked with guilt, Arthur refuses to follow his father, but relents when Joshua says that without his son, he has nowhere to go. They successfully evade the Greek army and return to Ayshe's hotel. The film ends with Ayshe preparing coffee, with more sugar than coffee, for Joshua—indicating that his proposal of marriage would be acceptable to her.