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The Water Diviner (2014)

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Deadline Russell Crowe sets 'The Water Diviner' for his Directing Debut:
He is in talks to helm and star in 'The Water Diviner,' a film scripted by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios that will shoot in Australia and Turkey later this year. It is set in 1919, and an Australian father travels to Turkey to find his two sons, who are missing after the battle of Gallipoli. The film will be produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason for Hopscotch Features and by Keith Rodger for Fear Of God Films.

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This is the film Russell Crowe was working on *just* before he went on the Noah promotional tour (he missed the first couple of premieres; the first one he attended was in Moscow, which "worked" because he had been shooting The Water Diviner in Turkey, not too far away from there).

 

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Saw this with my sister on Sunday.  A beautifully shot film (Andrew Lesnie's last), but one that can't seem to make up its mind what it really wants to be about.  Is it an anti-war film?  A film about redemption?  A film about forgiveness?  A romance?  An adventure?  The simple answer is yes to all. But Crowe doesn't focus on any one of these themes long enough for any of them to impact the audience on a truly emotional level.  True, there are emotional elements that can get through the hardest of hearts, but they're fleeting when the movie is taken as a whole.  By the end, I was reminded of a movie from last year, The Hundred Foot Journey, which similarly tried to be many different things, but couldn't settle on one that brought the whole film together.

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