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Waterborne (2005)

 -  Drama  -  March 2005 (USA)
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Three sets of area residents band together after a terrorist attack against L.A.'s water supply.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlton (as Chris Berry)
Vikram Bhatti
Heera Bhatti
Clara Smyth ...
Devi (as Jenna Dewan)
Sarabjit Singh Kaloti ...


In Los Angeles, the authorities find that the tap water is contaminated due to a terrorist attack after the death of eight dwellers. The military Ritter leaves his wife Jasmine (Lindsay Price) and his daughter at home to patrol the dam with the bigoted and stressed soldier Carlton. The Sikh matriarch Heera Bhatti, who has a convenience store, increases the price of bottled water and limits the sell to two units per person. Her son Vikram Bhatti that works with her is not comfortable with her decision. When his Caucasian girlfriend Lillian "Lilly" visits him at the store, his mother gives a cold reception to her. Meanwhile the local Zach decides to visit his father with his cousin Bodi, who is a reckless and unbalanced person. However his father does not accept the Zach brings Bodi and they go to the trailer of Bodi's friend Donovan. Along the three next days, their lives are entwined with tragic consequences in a environment of violence and despair. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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March 2005 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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11 March 2006 | by (la) – See all my reviews

I'm certain the people here who rave about seeing this film in a festival are people who worked on it. This is a common trait among a lot of low budget or no budget films in the IMDb. This move was not good. I looked up the budget and it was $198,000 which is surprising, because you might think it cost more with all the locations and cast size, but I'm certain because it cost so little, they didn't get a cinematographer. The movie was shot on digital and looks like video 8. It's just terrible cinematography.

The actors are not bad, it's just their dialog is awful. Just terrible. But the worst thing is the direction, or lack of it. Most of the film is done in these terrible close ups, even Jonathan Demme would be begging the camera man to back up. The camera shakes more than an NYPD Blue episode. It's not arty, it's not cool, it's just annoying. People here compared this to Crash and that's insult to Crash and anyone involved with it. Because there is racism and it takes place in LA and people's lives intersect, doesn't make it like Crash. A good script and direction might make it like Crash. Not what they did here. And I admit, I couldn't finish this movie. I got about half way through before I couldn't take the damned camera shaking and every shot so close up (and mundane dialog).

It's never explained why people can't drink beer, either. They can't have water, but there are a thousand other beverages out there,yet everyone's dying of thirst. I guess if they allowed you to drink the other beverages, the movie wouldn't have its "plot." I think if terrorists saw this movie, they would see how stupid poisoning the water supply might be because people COULD drink other stuff - there's plenty of it. It would be a hassle but nothing like 9/11. If this movie won any prize at a festival, I'd really hate to see the movies it beat out.

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