Mini Review - The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner (out Dec 26) is set in the aftermath of World War I and centres on a Victorian farmer (Russell Crowe) who travels to Gallipoli to find his three lost sons. It’s a curious piece of history and I was intrigued by the broad subject matter. However, the film has a layer of “spirituality” that borders on science fiction. It's a strange plot device that lessens the film's emotional impact. Grade: B-.