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By Jef Dinsmore on Dec 26, 2015 to New Movies


HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review THE WATER DIVINER, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the R-rated drama playing on HBO. THE WATER DIVINER premieres on Saturday, 12.26 at 8:00pm and will air the following dates on the main channel: 12.26 at 11:45pm 12.29 at 12.29 at 9:00pm and into January 2016. It will also run on the other channels as well as on HBOGo/HBONow.

THE WATER DIVINER features Russell Crowe as he makes his feature-film directorial debut with this heart-warming tale.Crowe also stars as an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey to search for his three sons, who all went missing during the bloody Battle of Gallipoli in 1919. Co-starring Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O’Toole, Isabel Lucas. Directed by Russell Crowe; written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios.

Since it was the usually hectic Holiday time for many we didn’t get a full-blown review, but if we had we certainly would have had our hands full looking at this movie from all angles. First, we would have passed comment on how Mr. Crowe was as a first-time director. Did he tell the story in an interesting fashion? Were there interesting shoots made? Did it flow from scene to scene well and what was the overall look and feel to the film? While we were writing about production value some thought could have possibly been mentioned about casting choices, locales, costumes and such. It seems a large sweeping movie that should have offered some interesting cinematic moments.

Then we would have talked about the plot and the characters themselves? Crowe has made some strong performances, did he direct himself in one? Of course, we can speculate, especially if we don’t know of the true story in which this film is based, whether any or all of the three sons were found by their father.

The best we can do is ask readers to help us out. If you have seen THE WATER DIVINER before it HBO debut or plan to catch on the network come back here and hit the comments with your thoughts on the movie we would love to hear from you. Below is what Rotten Tomatoes had to say about it:

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We conclude with its official trailer:

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