The Awakening (2011)

The Awakening 2011

US Title:
The Awakening
Year:
2011
Country:
UK
Director:
Nick Murphy


What’s It About?
In post-WWI England, a woman who exposes hoaxes and charlatans is invited to an isolated boarding school to investigate reported sightings of a murdered boy.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
This movie does one thing extremely well: atmosphere. The gothic, foggy, post-war setting and the quiet, gloomy, repressed mood all work extremely well here. The film establishes a sad, lonely world where it’s almost inevitable that ghosts would naturally appear. There is a moment where one of the characters tells another “I don’t think there’s a place on earth people understand loneliness better than here,” and that quote perfectly captures the feeling of this movie. The actual story isn’t quite as impressive. It starts out strong, with interesting and unique characters, but the final revelations and resolutions are disappointing.

Final Grade: C-

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