The Awakening

Sunday, September 25 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

The Awakening

JOY REVIEW

The Awakening is an old fashion horror story that stars Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton, so you’ve got a serious cast here. Rebecca plays a young, sort of career woman in 1921 who debunks, much like Sigourney Weaver did in Redlight, the notion that there are ghosts, and is summoned to a boys school where a child has died because he saw a ghost and it frightened him to death. This is a movie that is complete with dark shadows, and things jumping out at you, and ghosts sort of eerily appearing, and balls rolling down stairs, and shutters opening and closing; the whole deal. The acting is very good and the story is, actually, sort of compelling. The fact that it’s set in England, right after World War I, where there were so many people lost through either illness or the war, gives it a certain ambience. This is apparently a new sort of era or a new area for cinematic exploration, as we saw with Daniel Radcliffe in the Woman in Black, which was a similar kind of movie and a similar kind of thing. This was pretty good, three stars.

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