Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment, she’s determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation disintegrates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new apartment – dilapidated, cramped, and worn – seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, leaving her to wonder who is behind the endless mind games. As Dahlia frantically searches for the links between the riddles, the dark water seems to close around her. But one thing trumps all others in Dahlia’s world: no matter what it is that’s out there, nothing is going to harm her little girl.
Dahlia Williams suffers from migraine headaches throughout the film and boy did I have a big headache myself when I left this sad excuse for a film. As with many suspense films and horror films, much of the storyline is far fetched. Dahlia and her daughter Ceci move into this apartment building that is so run down and pathetic I’m not sure anyone in their right mind would move into it, especially for $900.00 per month. Then, when all the mysterious things start to happen why wouldn’t she just leave, move out? Of course she doesn’t and things not only get worse for her but for the audience as well.
I think most people would prefer to sit in the “dark water” rather than sit through the showing of “Dark Water.”