Weight of Water
Starring: Catherine McCormack, Sarah Polley, Sean Penn,
Elizabeth Hurley and Josh Lucas
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
tales of betrayal and lost love commingle through the centuries
as a photojournalist of our era researches and sinks beneath the
surface of a century old double murder. Set in the cold barren
lands of the Isles of Shoal east of New Hampshire, the novel by
Anita Shreve comes to life as director Kathryn Bigelow weaves
the tales back and forth. Sometimes the editing is tad overkill
but for the most part The Weight of Water pulls off the
multiple flashback sequences within a sequence.
course the tale's appeal isn't hindered by the fact that pouty
pussed Sean - Mr. Talent to you buddy - Penn stars as the pouty
pussed poet and Josh Lucas stars as his free-spirited brother
combined with a ironclad performance by as the poet's suspicious
wife Catherine McCormack and a properly tart-like show by tart-like
Elizabeth Hurley respresent this era. A cast of equally talented
folks represent the past; Sarah Polley (who looks as if she shares
DNA with Uma Thurman here), Vinessa Shaw, Katrin Cartilidge, and
meet the modern day four as they set sail for Smuttynose Isle
to combine a job Jean (Catherine McCormack) has regarding the
double murders. They think it would be a hoot to combine the job
with some well-needed vacation time. Thomas, (Sean Penn) and Jean
are obviously having marital troubles. They have these all-too-familiar-
glares shooting back and forth from the very first frame. That's
okay; poet boy's brother (Josh Lucas) pretends (for awhile) not
to notice and introduces his new chickbabe gal pal Adeline (Elizabeth
Hurley). Adeline is basically openly infatuated with poet boy
and the feline hairs on Jean's neck perk up and the claws inch
out. The four sail on into hidden love cove and betrayal reefs.
back in 1870 or so, the new bride of a salty fisherman Maren (Sarah
Polley) is arriving to her rock. Poor kid. She comes all the way
to America to be locked away on a cold barren rock. Hmm, could
it be a metaphor for things hidden in her past? Soon enough she
witnesses these gruesome murders and is the only one to survive
the attacks. But, as with any self-respecting thriller, there
is more to this soft immigrant than meets the eye.
set and scenes are so real you get "chilly" watching.
Penn does what Penn does; sublimely delivering up this Thomas
character without a bead of sweat. His fellow actors hold their
own nicely beside the "legend" - thank you. Sea's hair
is hysterical in this. Geese it's naturally bouffant and sticks
straight up at times
I couldn't help but giggle. Brilliant
or not he needs some Aquanet!
This Josh Lucas chap is growing on me. He didn't have that odd
lemon sucking expression he wore in Sweet
Home Alabama this time. And the fact that he frequently
disrobed and flutter about in the surf helped raise the girly
eyebrow a bit. A budding Yummitini with a twist of retina sweet
keep an eye peeled for this mansicle!
McCormack and Elizabeth
Hurley bounce of each other quite nicely. Catherine gets some
pretty good scenes in. As Jean who is discovering secrets old
and new, she nails the persona.
Polley was a tad one dimensional as the Norwegian of yesteryear.
Yes never changed expressions. I kept thinking, "Okay, she's
miserable- we get that- but even miserable people shift facial
. no?" I'll wait till next sighting to judge
is a fun thriller, just not something that is "exceptional."
A delightful cast gives us a delightful, if often predictable,
excursion into another land and more than one tale entertain us
for a while.
recommendation: Cod fish and wine