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An Awakening


 

An Awakening

Rebecca Hall delivers a powerhouse performance in a period ghost story that’s artful, atmospheric and downright scary. It’s set in the 1920s, in a  English boarding school that occupies a haunted country manor. A boy’s ghost stalks the halls, terrifying the students, and after another boy dies mysteriously the school summons ghostbuster Florence Cathcart (Hall), a celebrated author who has made her career debunking apparitions. All but one of the students go home for the holidays, leaving Florence to rattle around alone with classic  set of characters—a dashing schoolmaster/war hero (Dominic West),  a steely matron (Imelda Staunton), a hollow-eyed student, and a creepy groundskeeper. It soon becomes clear that Florence’s scientific skepticism is a defense against her own deep-seated fears. And as she sets out her maze of sleuth-ware—trip wires, cameras, recorders and powders—the narrative lays its own elaborate traps. This feature debut from Nick Murphy does a better job building suspense than wrapping the plot with a brain-teasing rationale. But along the way, it delivers some real chills.


 
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  1. It was dreadful.  State it as it is Johnson, don’t be so flowery.  The start of this film has promise.  It has the potential to saturate the floor of a cinema with urine.  However, the script is weak.  The plot convoluted. The story arc disjointed. And the ending is sheer crap.  Ask yourself how old Hall’s character is, how long has the school been in existence, what is the relevance of the dollhouses (replicas of the building) all over the place in an all-boys school, if she’s fearless – why the shift in attitude suddenly?  When you watched this, were you really paying attention?  Because if you were, you’d conclude the same as any average Joe, let alone a critic.  It’s the look of Pride and Prejudice with elements of Ghostbusters (taken seriously of course) resulting in a cheese fest.  The fact you get to see Rebecca Hall’s nipples for about 30 seconds should not be enough to sway any hot blooded male into liking this film. 

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