111 Min. | Drama – War | April 2015
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Russell Crowe
Staring: Jai Courtney, Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko
The Water Diviner Review: In The Water Diviner, Crowe did a good job telling the story from the only point of view that matters to Gallipoli – the experience of ANZACS and Turks during and after Gallipoli. ANZACS and Turks were both unwilling participants in a brutal war started by imperialist and nationalistic goals. They paid dearly and in return got nothing, except each other’s well deserved respect. England, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Armenians, Arabs, Slavs, and even the US (covertly) were allied against the Turks for the sole purpose of carving the Ottoman Empire among themselves. It was a war purely for imperialist and nationalist profiteering, with complete and utter disregard for humanity, justice, or the lives of Turks, or even their own people for that matter. But for Turks, it was much, much worse. Is it so unfathomable that the Turks suffered more than anyone in WW1? But unsurprisingly, and callously, a lot of Turk haters are here using movie reviews to spread their propaganda.
These are the people who ultimately lost to the Turks – Greeks and Armenians. They cannot move on like ANZACS and forgive the Turks – as Turks have forgiven them. They are still fighting their war. They are giving a movie low reviews based solely on their agenda, nothing more. It is sad. It is as if nobody else in the world can have their own version of events that they were personally party to, or that Russell Crowe risked his career by telling his version that he based on his own research and the experience of his own nation. How dare he not consult the Armenians or Greeks. One thing for sure, The Water Diviner would never be made in Hollywood. If you look at some Armenian or Greek reviews, it’s as if their version of events is some indisputable holy gospel, and Russell Crowe was bribed to tell lies by evil Turks – and that he put his career and reputation on the line just to serve a political purpose or greed. As if. If you see The Water Diviner, you will see his intentions are noble, not based on politics or greed.
Thank you Mr. Crowe for having the courage to stand up to bullies and liars (Greeks and Armenians) even if it was not your intention. Now, if Hollywood would start being more objective, we could have less hatred and more understanding in the world. The Water Diviner is a great movie. Thanks again Mr. Crowe, you truly are a gladiator. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours, you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”