Starring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko
Director: Russell Crowe
In front of the camera, New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe has enjoyed critical and commercial success.
For his directorial debut, Crowe casts himself as a crusading father Joshua Connor who will stop at nothing to locate his three fallen sons.
The Water Diviner is a solid first effort including well-choreographed scenes of conflict and self-sacrifice during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.
However, his film falls victim to heavy-handed sentiment when it comes to a romance across the cultural divide. Blessed with lustrous cinematography, The Water Diviner is a heartfelt tale of broken men and redemption.
Crowe doesn’t have to stretch himself, but his character’s search for answers certainly tugs heartstrings including a devastating scene of his three boys scythed down by Turkish bullets.
However, the romantic subplot doesn’t really work — and its resolution is unintentionally hilarious — but the rest of Crowe’s first foray in the director’s chair shows promise.