Based on a true story, Ruffalo plays an attorney that uncovers the horrifying connections between one of world’s largest corporations, chemical company DuPont, and the lengthy polluting of a town’s water, which has led to deaths. The film is based on the 2016 New York Times Magazine article by Nathaniel Rich, which you can read in full right HERE.
It’s a regrettably familiar story of big companies ruthlessly poisoning people and the earth, and it’s has been the basis for countless movies (Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich arguably remains one of the best in this sub-genre). We’ll see what Oscar-nominated director Toddy Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven) can bring to this type of narrative, which can be just the right canvas for an engrossing script and strong performances. Fingers crossed.
Dark Waters, also starring Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman, opens in the US on November 22 and arrives in Australia on January 30, 2020.
Official synopsis for Dark Waters:
Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth.