Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, an activist in all things related to environmental issues, discovered the January 2016 New York Times article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare“. It detailed the story of how this quiet, low-level Ohio lawyer would sacrifice 16 years of his life in a head-to-head battle with one of the most powerful corporations on Earth.
Mark would hire accomplished director Todd Haynes (Carol, Safe, Far From Heaven) to put together a film that was clearly going to be a highly personal film. Along with their co-stars, Mark and Todd superbly captured what it was like to live through one of America’s deadliest corporate conspiracies.
“The system is rigged. They want us to believe that it’ll protect us, but that’s a lie. We protect ourselves. We do. Nobody else. Not the companies, not the scientists, not the government. Us.”
Upon viewing this movie and the story it told, it’s difficult to come away with anything less than shock and disgust with what transpired in this quiet, innocent town in the hills of West Virginia.
Dark Waters is often a difficult movie to watch. The true story unfolding on the screen doesn’t hold back on the frightening consequences and human impact resulting from the poisons the community ingested for decades on end. This transfixing movie and the tragic story it lays out is a film everyone should see.
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