The Water Diviner provides viewers with the aftermath of Gallipoli and a journey to find lost ghosts.
This ANZAC drama is an admirable directorial debut for Russell Crowe. It is full to the brim with action and an elaborate plot that takes you from the familiar Australian outback to the foreign shores of Turkey. What is great about this film is its duality, both examining the Australian and Turkish side of the story. This film brings together two cultures at war and examines the faults and strengths of both.
The Water Diviner takes place in the years after the war and follows the story of Australian father and husband Joshua Connor. After his wife commits suicide over their boys killed in Gallipoli, Joshua makes it his mission to find their final resting places and transport their remains back to Australia. After finding the remains of two sons, it is revealed that his last may have survived. With the help of an unlikely ally, a Turkish general, he travels through Turkey trying to find his remaining son.
Cinematically the film is shot well, but needs some sharpening up around the edges. This will come to Crowe with some more experience in the directorial chair. Notable performances came from Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Ergogan and Crowe himself. Some plotlines were a bit far-fetched (e.g. Crowe using a cricket bat against a party of Greeks with machine guns to save the Turks ), however this is all done in good fun and infuses the film with a bit of that Aussie spirit.
All in all I would give this film 3 stars.
Running Time: 112 min
Words by Sarah Clarry