Watch: The Water Diviner 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding onto hope, he must travel across the war-torn landscape with the help of a Turkish Officer, himself a veteran of the battles..
Plot: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
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Reasonably promising premise which ultimately falls short
Set in 1919 The Water Diviner tells the story of an Australian father of three young men all of whom have enlisted with the ANZAC’s in the Gallipoli campaign in World War 1. Subsequent to the battle in which the Allied forces were defeated all three have failed to return home and are now presumed dead. Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) their father, a Victorian Outback farmer with a gift for divining water makes a promise to his wife to bring them home and heads off on a quest to Gallipoli to find them.
This is the reasonably promising premise laid out in the first 20 minutes of the film. I didn’t envisage a swash-buckle fest at this stage; nor is it true to say it becomes this, but the film does veer in that direction once or twice over the ensuing hour and thirty minutes. It seems like a betrayal of the seriousness of the subject matter because of this.
The Water Diviner is relatively entertaining but it falls short of what I was hoping for and I think this is because it neither all-out delivers as a full on ravages of war redemption story or as an all- out high-spirited adventure. Having said that some of the battle- scenes (shot in flashback) are unflinching and are probably the best scenes in the film.
The cinematography is beautiful to the eye but the end effect here is that it feels too sanitised at times. There are other things that rankle as well- a burgeoning love story which comes over as too shoe-horned and heavy handed for my liking and in my view steals the central story of its import. There are two scenes in particular where the viewer is required to make the jump from believing in the power of the diviners hand to believing in altogether more mystical powers or insights divined by the same hand (also to do with powers of location). Another thing to watch out for; the film plays host to a stock character or two- witness the very officious English officer who speaks in stereotypical clipped tones, previously seen in countless other films.
Thoroughly Disappointing Gallipoli Tale
The intention behind Russell Crowe’s film, based on true events, is a noble one; to remind contemporary viewers of the horrors of the Gallipoli campaign, the hundredth anniversary of which takes place this year (2015), and to show how ANZAC and Turkish troops set aside their differences and embarked on a collective effort to disinter the hundreds of thousands of corpses buried on the battlefield and give them a decent burial and/or tomb.
Sadly there is a world of difference between intention and execution. Filmed in Turkey and Australia, THE WATER DIVINER manages to include every possible stereotype about Turkey into its 111-minute running time, save, perhaps the hubba-bubba pipe (or nargile) and an aerial shot of the Bosphorus. There is the sound of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer (which Connor (Russell Crowe)); the hordes of veiled women peopling the teeming streets; the violent uncle Omer (Steve Bastoni) wanting to take revenge on Conor in the belief his honor has been impugned; and the ritual scene of relative-beating, in which Omer assaults Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko). If Crowe had wanted to make a film advertising the country as repressive and arcane in its rituals, he couldn’t have done a better job.
Other stereotypes have along history going all the way back to BODYLINE (1984). In that never-to-be-forgotten miniseries about the English cricket tour to Australia in 1932-3, Hugo Weaving played English player Douglas Jardine with lip-curling relish; here was a villain to savor. The same applies to Jai Courtney’s Lt. Col. Cyril Hughes in THE WATER DIVINER; sans any redeeming features, he regards both ANZAC and Turkish troops with contempt. His British accent wavers somewhat, but we are left in no doubt that Crowe blames British imperialists for the mess created both during and after the Gallipoli campaign had ended. While his interpretation is certainly valid, the use of stereotyping seems superfluous.
Nor do the Turkish actors escape a certain amount of stereotyping. Yilmaz Erdogan does what he can with the role of Major Hasan, as he emphasizes the fact that the Turkish army was only trying to defend its territory against foreign colonizers. However Cem Yilmaz’s Jemal veers towards caricature, his use of grimaces alternating with smiles proving once again that Yilmaz is a far better stand-up comedian than film actor.
The film’s shortcomings do not end there. Although ostensibly taking place in Anatolian Turkey, much of the action has obviously been filmed in Australia. The daylight scenes – especially those taking place in summer – lack the intense looks of a Turkish summer, while the landscape is far too fertile to stand in for the Anatolian plains. Crowe also includes scenes of breathtaking incongruity; at one point he is shown enjoying a candlelight dinner with Ayshe, something that would have been hardly likely to happen in late Ottoman times, especially with a married woman and a protective family dedicated to restricting her freedom of movement.
THE WATER DIVINER looks and feels like a foreigner’s view of Turkish history, one that lacks sensitivity to other cultures. Anyone looking for an effective representation of the Gallipoli campaign and its consequences in English would be better advised to watch Peter Weir’s GALLIPOLI (1981), or more recently, ALL THE KING’S MEN (1999).
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min)
Genre Drama, History, War
Director Russell Crowe
Writer Andrew Knight, Andrew Anastasios
Actors Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney
Country Australia, United States
Awards 14 wins & 15 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT, Panavision Primo, PCZ and Canon Lenses, Red Epic, Panavision Primo and PCZ Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex, Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Redcode RAW (5K) (source format) (some scenes)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema