The Awakening (2012) Review
This film episode on TV or a short film which goes straight to DVD but a full length horror film it just doesn’t do it for me. The story, visuals and acting were pretty good but I still just couldn’t find anything special or memorable about the film. I only just watched this film but I am already starting to forget what actually happen. I think that is bad. The acting was the best part and the two mains actors do a great job of demonstrating their characters back stories and why they do what they do. I did like the way the story went around in the end, and it was okay I suppose but nothing special and it certainly doesn’t pull the rest of the film with it.
Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author of the popular book “Seeing Through Ghosts,” has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiancé, she is approached by Robert Mallory (Dominic West) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.
Tim’s Film Reviews Not Recommended.
Story: 70% Acting: 80% Visuals: 70% Dialogue: 65%
The Scares: 10% Style/Sound: 60% Characters: 60%
To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was actually really good; the cast is very well put together and suited their characters well. My favourite of the cast would be Dominic West who plays the war wounded Robert Mallory who is very good as a character and wish there were of this in the film, I even liked the subtle points to his character (stuttering on the b’s and the survivor guilt that doesn’t show itself till near the end). Rebecca Hall was good as Florence Cathcart as well and played the part of new age woman after the war rather well without crossing the line, but as a main I wasn’t blown away. The rest of the cast wasn’t really there to speak of except for that kid Tom and Maud. But you didn’t really get much from them until the end.
So let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The Visual Effects weren’t very special, just a few face blurs and camera tricks. However the landscapes and location where really good and everything looked the part of early nineteen hundreds including the cloths, buildings and interiors so all in all looking pretty sharp. The most frightening scene if there is one that is was where she finds the doll house for the first time and she sees different events in the house which are happening now, and someone’s behind you. However that is the scariest scene of the entire film and I would expect anything else. If I’d say anything this film was a psychological thriller rather than a horror but either way it didn’t really work.
The best reviews I have found would be these “The cast is anchored by two wonderful actresses: Imelda Staunton and Rebecca Hall, whose talents are squandered on this lackluster horror drama.” Claudia Puig. True acting was good but let down by the film itself. Also “Whatever.” Roger Ebert. You can’t really beat a one word response about a film and Robert clearly knows what he thinks. My favourite scene would have to be the whole first 10 minutes as it really was good and I think they released that before the film which made me want to watch the film and disappointing how it ended.