When looking closer, Dark Waters is exciting precisely because it is complicated. Ruffalo plays the corporate defence attorney tasked with getting to the bottom of a mysterious case of ailing cows, who discovers a pollution scandal that could prove much more dangerous for all the humans within spitting, or in this case drinking, distance.
The actor has proved his dramatic chops time and time again, and this particular role looks to bring back the similar urgency that won Spotlight Best Picture. In terms of Haynes, his career offers much more than just melodrama and romance.
In a way, it's all the more encouraging to trust a filmmaker so familiar with human emotion to give this formula a bit of spark – not quite a biopic but still a retelling of facts, the legal justice picture can sometimes sag in the middle. But if anyone can prop it up, it's Todd Haynes.
Dark Waters seems to be gearing up for a promising awards season – reliable director, impressive leading man, sturdy adapted script. Let's see how it unfolds, both the intrigue and the awards season, when the film reaches UK cinemas on 24 January 2020.
|What||Dark Waters: Todd Haynes and Mark Ruffalo's true story|
28 Feb 20 – 28 Feb 21, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ dettermined by cinemas|
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