Most courtroom movies are ones that are filled with legal jargon, and try to bury the audience in the details of any legal case. But what gets a case to the courtroom is really more interesting, especially when the case is something that can (and does) effect every one who is watching it.
Dark Waters brings to the screen the (ongoing) battle against the DuPont company and their use of PFOA in products such as Teflon and other items we use in our home everyday. The film starts briefly in the 60’s with a glimpse of chemicals being sprayed onto a lake, but quickly fast forwards to the 90’s when the effects of these chemicals are being shown on the local community and livestock. When a case is brought to attorney Rob Bilott, he’s working at a law firm that defends big chemical companies – but the connection to his past makes him look at this case differently and eventually takes on a multi-year battle with one of the largest chemical companies in our country.
What is striking about the movie is the real life consequences that are shown on the screen. What one decision by a big company, that goes unregulated can do to the world around it. It shows the how unregulated chemicals can make a major impact on your whole life, and how often the government either doesn’t know about the dangers of chemicals that companies are using, or may even be aware and just not do anything about it.
Over the past few years, you may have seen your pans at home now say “Does Not Contain PFOA” and not known what that is or why it would say that. But Dark Waters lays out the dangers of the chemical, the issues it causes and why you should be more aware of what is used in the products you use every day.
The movie is interesting, and will keep your attention. We’re only curious what impact it will have on viewers, and more so the response from Dupont or other major chemical companies and their lobbyist.
Focus Features will release DARK WATERS in theaters on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 (Limited) and expanding on Friday, November 29th, 2019
About Dark Waters:
Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award ®- nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he is contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste into the area landfill and that it is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with the help of his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15 year-fight – one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.
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