I thought a fun addition to the blog might tie in nicely with me and my boy signing up to a film subscription service. We get 3 movies at a time and I thought it might be quite a good idea to give some of my views on the DVDs that arrive on our doorstep every so often. I won’t review everything and it might only be every few weeks or so but I still think it’ll be a good way to get my views out and maybe give you guys a recommendation or two along the way. So, today’s thoughts are below. Enjoy.
The Awakening (2011)
In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the ‘missing’ begin to show themselves.
I really enjoyed this one – more than I was hoping I would. My expectations of a film about the world of spirits are not always going to be that high, simply because it is such a popular area and when not done well these types of films can be pretty awful, but I had slightly better expectations for this one. Dominic West, who I am a big fan of, stars alongside Rebecca Hall, in a movie set in 1920s England. The tension rises as hoax exposer Florence investigates the ghostly sightings of a young boy after one of the pupils at a boarding school is found dead and yet she cannot bring herself to leave the school once it seems that the mystery surrounding the boy’s death is explained. Florence’s interest in the house and the unusual goings-on goes much further than the investigation and secrets are revealed as the film progresses. Yes, some of the cheap shock tactics don’t always come off in the best way, as very little in this movie actually startled me, but the story and the acting make up for this, as the tension really does feel palpable. The plot develops in a decidedly unexpected way and the story unfolds nicely as we find out more about the young women sent to the house, concluding in an enjoyable climax. I really recommend giving this one a watch, if only for the acting turns given by the main cast, who work well in their roles. Overall, I would give this one 7.5/10.