Russell Crowe has absolutely outdone himself with this film; it had me entranced from the start. Beautifully shot, amazing casting and the time and effort put into the making of this film really shone through. I feel the costumers deserve an Oscar nomination for this one - everything was spot on which for a period drama is almost impossible: Flawless casting and great character development leads the viewer through the story; this film will bring out emotions and provoke thought. I loved the perspective of the film; it is an exceptional sensitive retelling of an historical story from both <more>
perspectives and I think this is one of the absolute highlights of this film.See it - you won't be disappointed!Take the tissues though...
First of all, I am neither Australian nor Turkish. I'm from Rio, as far away as it can get from either country - not only in terms of geography, but also, and most importantly, in culture. I enjoyed "The Water Diviner" enormously nonetheless watched it in Mediterranean Turkey on a trip , for this jewel of a movie is built upon universal themes of common appeal to our shared humankind.This is the first film from an English-speaking country with a huge budget and world-famous actors that thoroughly succeeds in overcoming jingoism and achieving a perfectly harmonious, cross- <more>
culture balance of fairness that I have ever watched in my entire life.The story has an amazing soul, a mesmerizing spiritual power, and a refreshing perspective on History. As a scholar of History, I'd say it treats a noble Turkish nation victim of absolutely unprovoked aggression from all sides during World War I with long-overdue justice after a 100 years, while retaining the dignity of ANZAC soldiers who fought with great bravery and loyalty for a dubious British cause."The Water Diviner" is not only a cinematographic masterpiece of rare beauty. It is a powerful statement of tolerance, a testimony of endless hope and love.
This movie managed to satisfy my thirst for a genuine war film. As a historian and a cinephile, I must say it even exceeded my expectations. Standing ovation for Mr Crowe!Water Diviner contained a gripping story, brilliant cues and amazing scenes as well as a fresh approach to the events of WWI, all of which will stay embroidered in my memory for the rest of my days. Acting was pretty solid. Especially the performance of the local comedy star Cem Yilmaz was impressive and some hilarious moments he offered stood as a fine contrast to the general melancholia of the scenes.Some of the user <more>
reviews here on IMDb accused the production as falsely depicting historical events. Most of these strange reviews contained the same copy/pasted lines that had nothing to do with facts. I've done my finishing thesis on the World Wars and I know enough to say there has never been a genocide of minorities in Turkey. These minorities wouldn't be "minorities" if as claimed by a few users here their numbers could be measured by millions. If you add the numbers up, the total "death toll" would be almost higher than the entire Ottoman population : And the assertion that the Greek were sent to Western Anatolia just to protect the Christian population there... utter nonsense! The Greek troops were merely tongs of the British army who were too wise to handle the fire themselves. They were there to occupy those lands and they committed lots of atrocities, burning down Turkish villages even as they retreated from the battlefield. The movie depicts them as what they really are.All in all, a definite recommend to any war movie fan out there. This was one journey to remember!
Just a really terrific movie. Great job, Russell Crowe. (by mailes22)
Not going to give it 10 out of 10 stars, because you should always save your 10. However, this movie is close to perfect. Very loosely based on what might have been a true story a war record that mentioned that 'only one father came looking for his sons' at Gallipoli after the war . Really well acted. The war scenes conveyed some of the horror without being gratuitous in the violence or gore. There was some shown, but only briefly, and really just enough to set the scenes. The movie is well- paced, well edited and doesn't drag. The lead actors including the young Turkish boy <more>
were all perfectly cast. At the start of the 100th anniversary year of the Gallipoli landings, this is a story that was well worth telling. Great job, Russell Crowe.
A beautiful, heart-wrenching journey to all those that love the art of cinema. (by ipekmine)
One does not have to be Turkish or an ANZAC descendant to be interested and touched by this film.. doesn't need to be necessarily interested in history, either. The Water Diviner offers something for everyone who carries a heart and soul. It offers a beautiful yet heart-wrenching journey to all those that love the art of cinema.If I were asked "what is this movie about?" I'd say it's an epic tale of love and hope, a beautifully crafted story inspired by real life, and a breath-taking masterpiece that makes you forget where you are, or what time/day/year it is. It really <more>
is a captivating film. The story itself may sound rather simple to some, but in my opinion it's a spectacular mix of reality and art. Hats off to Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight for their great work, the Water Diviner tells a magical tale and reminds us what wars do to people, to families.. and to our humanity. I cannot imagine anyone who won't be touched by this film, touched very deep inside, that is. Whoever that ever loved somebody or lost a beloved one –sibling, parent, child, significant other, or friend, you name it– may have their heart shattered during certain scenes of the Water Diviner.Apart from the story, the characters too felt so "real", and the cast performances were nothing short of what one would expect from such brilliant names. Russell Crowe, as always, seemed to "live" the role, not "just act" it.. and I'm so very glad that Cem Yilmaz has been in such a special project. In an attempt to keep my review as short as possible, and choosing to comment on acting after I see the movie more than once, I won't go into detail of each and every name. But.. I have to say that Ryan Corr's performance was outstanding! He and James Fraser certainly nailed it, causing a flood of tears among the audience –during a certain scene of this duo, I could hear sniffles and see shoulders shaking among the audience.. and I'm not exaggerating one bit. Speaking of the scenes that certainly leave a mark on the viewer, I'd like to say that certain scenes from the battle field were spectacular – both technically and artistically. The scenes are so "real" that they take you from your seat and put you on Lone Pine battlefield , feeling scared.. helpless.. angry.. and questioning what a war is.. and if it's even worth it. And then, there is a specific scene which reflect how a war can make people lose their humanity and surface the ferocity of human nature. As my favorite scene from the epic Noah, the creation scene, reminded us all: "Brother against brother. Nation against nation. Man against the creation. We murdered each other. We broke the world, we did this. Man did this."The fascinating art is not limited to battle scenes, though. Andrew Lesnie simply works miracles, turning the movie into a feast for the eyes –from the dust storm in Australia to the breath-taking views of Istanbul, the Water Diviner presents top-quality cinematography *thumbs up* Before I wrap up my words on this beautiful piece of art, I'd like to mention two of the many special scenes which may well be extra-touching for the Turkish: i The scene where Jemal portrayed by Cem Yilmaz raises a toast to Mustafa Kemal: During the screening at the Istanbul premiere, the audience responded to this by loud and clear applause, and it certainly will remain an unforgettable scene for many, many Turks. ii Another special part of the movie that I really loved is the old Turkish folk song Jemal sings –an old song called "hey fifteen year olds", telling the story of 15 year old boys leaving home to join the battle of Gallipoli.Taken together, the Water Diviner tells a tale of love mingled with adventure, delivers a sea of emotions from grief to hope, and works the magic of cinema, reaching the viewers' heart and mind in a way that crosses all barriers of language, different cultures, politics, and history.PS: the Water Diviner was rewarded standing ovation, and I believe this was not only because it's a great movie, it was also a heart-felt "thank you" to the director for such an honest story which the Turkish audience isn't used to seeing in foreign films about Turkey and its history.Kudos and hats off to Russell Crowe & the entire cast and crew. The Water Diviner Turkish title: Son Umut, i.e. 'the Last Hope' is a spectacular movie, a must-see, a masterpiece.
The preview did not hint at the complex and gripping tale in store for us, beyond that of a father seeking his sons' fate on the battlefields of Gallipoli. Crowe clearly sought to make a powerful statement about war my wife was moved to tears during the battlefield scenes but did not overdo it at the expense of an engaging plot. We left the cinema with a new insight to the Gallipoli story, that being the cost to the Turkish people.Crowe was very convincing in his role of the grieving, relentless father. Fantastic support role by Yilmaz Ergodan and, although brief, Ryan Corr was very <more>
moving.Don't wait for this to come to DVD, it is best appreciated on the big screen.
Russell Crowe did a good job of this film. Some great quotes spread thru most of the cast. The depictions of war were as it would have happened; no sugar coated Hollywood war deaths here. All lead roles, the Aussie farmer, the Turkish and Australian commanders and the guest house operator and son, were played with little or no hype. Of course it wouldn't be an Aussie film, in part, without sticking it up the Pomes! The romantic subplot was rescued by Olga Kurylenko's radiant presence. I think l am her biggest Aussie fan. I think a footnote at the end of the film about the post-war <more>
Turkish leader's magnanimous reaching out to Australia would have been a nice touch. A film l will go see again very soon!
The Water Diviner shows the emotional aftermath after the battle of Canakkale Gallipoli which had a deep impact on the Turkish and Australian people.The story is about a father Russell Crow looking for his three missing sons.The tragic part of the story is that it was the first time the Australian people suffered a great deal of casualties and gained nothing at the end.What I liked about this movie was that they showed both the Australians's and Turk's perspective of the aftermath, which showed that war IS war and no matter what both sides suffer.Considering it was Russell <more>
Crowe's first movie as a director, I think he did really well especially the scene where one brother is on the ground and the other two go to help him and they all fall.One of them dies quickly and the other is hurt but not severely and the last one is on the ground moaning in pain.In the end he asks his brother to shoot him so he can have a quick death which he does.This fictional story is based upon the real events that occurred in 1918, which lead to the fall of the Ottoman Empire.All in all it is a great movie except for the ending which I found it somewhat predictable.Other then that a really good movie.
A moving and sensitive picture about an Australian father who attempts to find his sons , being Russell Crowe's directorial debut. (by ma-cortes)
After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Aussie farmer called Connor Russell Crowe , travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to attempt locate his three sons , allegedly missing in action . At a hotel he meets a beautiful widow Olga Kurylenko who learned Turkish for her character , and later on he tries to find out a way in arrive to Gallipoli , where reportedly died his children . As he must travel across the war-torn landscape with the help of a British Lt Colonel called Hughes Jai Courtney and a Turkish Officer Erdogan . Meanwhile , there takes place the Greek-Turkish war <more>
and the invasion of Smirna by the Greeks . As it is set during the Turkish War of Independence, in revolutionary days during fall of the Ottoman Empire . The War resulted the defeat of Greece in Western Turkey Greco-Turkish war , on the East, Armenian state and Britain, France and Georgia. This is a family story in which is treated thought-provoking issues with a tough man holding onto hope, fighting for a desire , and bringing to life a promise . Australian Russell Crowe gives an acceptable actiing as the Aussie father who goes out to find his 3 missing sons and while staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he falls in love with a gorgeous widow. The charming Olga Kurylenko is good as the attractive widow mistreated by his brother-in-law who wants to marry her . Support cast is pretty well , such as Jai Courtney , Isabel Lucas and Jacqueline McKenzie who also starred with Crowe in the 1992 hit Romper Stomper . And some fine Turks actors as Cem Yilmaz and Yilmaz Erdogan who are both comedy actors in Turkey . It displays a colorful and evocative cinematography by Oscar-winning cameraman Andrew Lesnie , being his final movie . Sensitive as well as thrilling musical score by David Hirschfelder , helped by Lisa Gerard .The motion picture was stunningly acted/produced/directed by Russell Crowe . The picture gives an interesting portrayal about the bloody campaign and battle of Gallipoli . There happened the following : The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign, the Battle of Gallipoli, or the Battle of Çanakkale , was a campaign of the First World War that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula Gelibolu in modern Turkey in the Ottoman Empire between 17 February 1915 and 9 January 1916. The peninsula forms the northern bank of the Dardanelles, a strait that provided a sea route to the Russian Empire, one of the Allied powers during the war. Intending to secure it, Russia's allies, Britain and France, launched a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula, with the aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople modern Istanbul .The naval attack was repelled and after eight months' fighting, with many casualties on both sides, the land campaign was abandoned and the invasion force was withdrawn to Egypt.The campaign was the only major Ottoman victory of the war. In Turkey, it is regarded as a defining moment in the nation's history, a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the Ottoman Empire crumbled. The campaign is often considered to be the beginning of Australian and New Zealand national consciousness; 25 April, the anniversary of the landings, is known as "Anzac Day", the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in the two countries, surpassing Remembrance Day , Armistice Day .The struggle formed the basis for the Turkish War of Independence and the declaration of the Republic of Turkey eight years later, with Mustafa Kemal Kemal Atatürk as President, who rose to prominence as a commander at Gallipoli. Mustafa Kemal, Attaturk commanded the Turkish national movement in the war of independence. His successful military campaigns led to liberation of the country and to the establishing of Turkey. He transformed the former Ottoman Empire into a democratic, modern, secular nation-state , his reforms are referred as Kemalism. Ankara became the new capital and Kemal abolished the Caliphate and Sultanate. .