Set in 1920s England, THE AWAKENING follows Florence Cathcart, a skeptic who has set out to disprove the existence of ghosts using modern scientific techniques. Florence is called upon to settle the rumors of a haunting that has been plaguing a local boarding school, but her beliefs are soon shaken by a number of unexplainable events. Director Nick Murphy delivers a great deal of supernatural suspense in his chilling ghost story, THE AWAKENING, from 2011. The film has been beautifully dressed to fit the period, with a cool color palette and somber mood that are used to reflect a grief-stricken England following the First World War. Rebecca Hall and each of her surrounding cast members are quite good in their respective roles. Hall brings a sharp wit and authoritative sense of control to the character of Florence, before fear and self-doubt begin to sink in towards the end. The same subtle approach that was taken in THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE and THE OTHERS is exhibited here once again, which gives way to sudden shocks that are rightfully earned due to the well-crafted suspense. It is a Modern Classic in a sense, drawing from more traditional frights from a bygone era.
Movies like THE AWAKENING:
THE ORPHANAGE, 23:59, DORM, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, THE OTHERS, THE INNOCENTS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK.
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