Dark Water

Dark Water ★★★½

I've been in the mood for something moody and atmospheric, and as expected, Nakata tends to come through on that. Dark Water is dripping with unease, his signature apparitions in the background, a damp and decrepit setting, and a soft, haunting score. Despite putting me in the right mood though, the meat of the movie feels a bit too predictable and sparse; never really bad, but not quite captivating. I found the finale to be very strong though, with the keynote scare being both unsettling, and ultimately moving. It closes on an emotional high that left me feeling satisfied.

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