Friday, April 26, 2013

Freaky Friday: The Awakening

A British flick set in 1920s London, surrounding an "educated woman" who debunks ghostly encounters. The Awakening opens on a group of people conducting a seance. As a woman amongst the participants claims to see her dead daughter, our heroine, Florence Cathart (played by Rebecca Hall) jumps up and exposes the charlatans. The woman slaps her as a thank you, her need to believe too strong.
Florence has become famous for her book and expertise in using science to show that nothing exists after death. She's implored by Robert Mallory (played by Dominic West) to visit a boy's bordering school in the countryside, where a young student was killed three weeks ago. The children are frightened and seeing ghosts everywhere. Apparently, this is not the first death of a child to occur on the property.
Not quite your neighborhood friendly ghost.
A series of photos show a blurred out boy in each of the yearly school pictures going back over a decade. Florence states it's an old trick where one boy runs behind the rest to create the effect. Robert agrees except for one picture that shows a horrific image of a screaming boy two floors above the class. So far if you're thinking this review is dry as toast, you'd be right, which reflects the movie perfectly.
The toast has more bite.
As Florence arrives at the school, we meet a set of interesting characters, all of which could be possible suspects. Unfortunately, the slow pacing and lackluster scares, bring the viewer sleepily along. By the time we get to a "twist" ending--I'm still trying to figure out if it makes sense--it's too far off course for us to care; if that is, we're still awake.

Rating: C-

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  1. Sounds like I should avoid this one like the plague. And thanks for the birthday wishes! :)

  2. On the other hand, I give it 5 stars. I loved it, An old fashioned ghost story done properly, and ten times better than the woeful Woman in Black remake..

    1. It may be that it's just not my cup of tea. I did like the old fashioned quality to it, but the last 30 minutes felt rushed and out of sync with the rest of the movie. And the Woman in Black remake was not my favorite either. The play, however, in London is FANTASTIC!