The Water Diviner stands out because of its ability to keep the storyline intact, combined with the acting prowess. The film is set during the tumultuous times in Turkey and it keeps the fighting sequences in a most orderly manner. Directed by Russell Crowe, this film further underlines his credentials. A 1981 film Gallipoli starring Mel Gibson has war as its main focus, but this film focuses on the events happening after the battle.
The film, adapted from a book by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight, captures the trauma of a family following World War 1. After his three sons, Art, Henry and Edward go missing, Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) goes in search of them, embarking on a voyage to Turkey. There he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), herself fighting the trauma of losing her husband. Joshua visits the battlefield of Gallipoli, where the Anzac (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) troops famously evacuated in 1915. Lt-Col Cyril Hughes (Jai Courtney) and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan) assist Joshua in his search, getting mixed results.