American Horror story … no UFOs or Ghosts simply Humans being Humans … “Dark Waters” … “Keeping audience interest in a knotty legal matter that stretches out over many years is no easy matter; Haynes pulls it off by establishing a growing sense of dread which comes to a head in a chilling postscript.”
“DARK WATERS” My rating: B+(Opens wide on Dec. 6)
126 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13
If in the New Year America’s landfills are suddenly overflowing with discarded cooking paraphernalia you can blame “Dark Waters,” Todd Haynes’ fact-based examination of how DuPont, in developing Teflon, pretty much poisoned the world.
This legal procedural follows a decade long effort by Robert Bilott, an attorney whose firm counts DuPont as one of its major clients, to determine why first the cattle and later the people living around Parkersburg, West Virginia, began exhibiting bizarre birth defects, horrendous tumors and unexpectedly high death rates.
This isn’t the first time that Haynes have gone off on an environmental tangent. in 1995’s “Safe” he examined the plight of a woman who is literally allergic to just about aspect in modern life. But “Dark Waters” is unique in that it is the most straightforward, unambiguously…
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