Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Awakening (2011)

Director: Nick Murphy. Cast: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton. 107 min. Rated R. UK. Horror/Thriller.

In post-WWI England, an expert at disproving hoaxes for a living is called in to investigate ghost sightings at a boarding school. The film has all the elements of an enchanting ghost story: gloomy cinematography, scares that are so self-assured they mainly happen in broad daylight, and great acting by the trio of Hall, West and Staunton. But what attracts the most is how the script goes beyond, and looks into the main characters' inner demons also. The final twist will certainly remind of one or two other groundbreaking movies, but reaching that conclusion is still a fun ride.

PS: This is streaming on Netflix.

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