The Awakening


Creepy if predictable spookfest

Feisty spectre sceptic Florence (Rebecca Hall) investigates an old country school haunted (or not) by a creepy kid with a fuzzy face in this post-war ghost yarn in the mould of The Turn Of The Screw.

It’s an assured feature debut for director/co-writer Nick Murphy, with solid turns from Dominic West and Imelda Staunton as the school’s proprietors and a twisty plot that keeps you guessing despite its exposition-heavy revelations.

Creepy, jumpy, if somewhat samey, it’s set above the spooker norm by its strong visuals, grief-steeped period setting and lingering ambiguity.

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    • lukeworm100

      Jul 18th 2012, 13:54


      The Awkening (3.5/5 stars) An eerie ghost story with intrigue and suspense but can drag on in it's below average runniing time. As my previous statement said the film's length is around 90minutes and it sometimes feels like a 2 hour film that gets boring now and again. The main problem with ghost movies is the ending and in the average ghost flick the ending is sometimes unsatisfying and it spends the whole film building up to it. And sometimes this film feels like that but it takes it play by play and the ednign is actually good and satisfying. The tension and suspense worked quite well and kept you on edge throughout. The setting of 1921 was a clever and unexpected choice but everything that was featured felt like it fit the time well and suited the context. The acting was really good with rebecca hall a*s the lead role playing a very complex character and Dominic West was very welcome playing a likeable teacher. Overall this was an unsettling and suprising ghost story that sometimes becomes a bit too slow and periodic.

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