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‘Dark Waters’: How Todd Haynes and Ed Lachman Created a Masterful Nightmare

‘Dark Waters’: How Todd Haynes and Ed Lachman Created a Masterful Nightmare

In Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters,” actor Victor Garber is cast as the obvious villain, a glad-handing lawyer for DuPont, who keeps our hero, Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo), from discovering the truth. Yet, before the film’s one-hour mark, that truth is already delivered. Soon enough, Bilott possesses the internal documents proving DuPont knowingly poisoned a community, and ultimately the world. Garber sits in stone-faced silence as he hears it delivered. And then, besides two brief reaction shots, disappears. We never see him again.

Later in the film, he’ll be briefly replaced by DuPont’s tongue-tied CEO/Chairman Charles Holliday (Barry Mulholland) during a brutal deposition scene, during which the spineless twerp desperately wants to get out of his chair when confronted with the unfiltered evil he has reigned over. While these two characters represent powerful forces, as individual villains they are weak, and as the burden Bilott faces becomes soul-crushing,

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