Lady in the Water (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Mystery


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Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

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27 February 2015 | moonspinner55
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| A rare misfire from M. Night Shyamalan
Beautifully-produced, but enervating and inconsistently-performed modern day fantasy from writer-director-co-producer M. Night Shyamalan, whose thriller-aspirations completely bottom out within this fairy tale milieu. A water nymph is discovered in the swimming pool of a Philadelphia apartment complex by the resident maintenance man, who soon engages his friends and neighbors to help the stranded beauty return to her world (in ridiculously complicated terms). In the central role, Paul Giamatti works very hard to shoulder the leaden-paced plot developments, but he ultimately fails here as he does not have a star personality or the resources of a charismatic leading man to use to his own advantage (Mel Gibson, for instance, might have excelled in this role). A character actor by nature, Giamatti tries playing this maintenance worker as a soft-hearted nice guy, a buddy to everyone, but this doesn't lend much urgency to the scenario (which is a race against time), nor does it leave viewers with anything to contemplate afterward. The supporting cast (a collection of hams and show-offs) is no help, while Bryce Dallas Howard (as the title creature) is used for her sculpted face and lanky body and not much else. *1/2 from ****

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