The Awakening is an upcoming horror film starring Rebecca Hall as Florence Cathcart. The movie is set in London in the year 1921, Florence Cathcart is a famous author of the popular book entitled “Seeing Through Ghosts”. She has dedicated her life to debunking supernatural claims and proving that it is all just a trick. At this time she is also getting over the death of her fiancé when she was approached by Robert Mallory who is asking for help when it comes to the investigation of a recent death of a student in an all boy’s boarding school. The students claim that they have been seeing the ghost of young boy and Florence deduces that it may be nothing more than a prank. She still lends a hand to the investigation and her belief starts to be questioned when strange phenomenon occurs during her investigation. The Awakening is starting to gain popularity since movie fans are starting to see the great performance of Rebecca Hall in this movie. Let’s take a look at an article for the movie: The Awakening
“The Awakening: A Strong Period Setting Movie Topped With Fantastic Performance
A too-rare instance in which a gifted young actor signs on for a fright flick without coming away tainted, The Awakening places Rebecca Hall in a convincing historical setting and gives her more to do than widen her eyes in fear. Twisty and atmospheric, Nick Murphy’s first feature is solidly commercial while offering enough Anglophilic local color to please the Masterpiece Theater crowd.
Hall plays Florence Cathcart, an author and investigator bent on ridding post-WWI London of ghost hoaxes and faux-psychic swindlers. Entering the film in the midst of a debunking sting, Hall’s the kind of no-nonsense detective who might be the hero of a series of mystery novels. Hired to investigate a possibly ghost-related death at a boarding school in the country, she breaks out a fun toolkit of reactive chemical powders, trip wires and electromagnetics and delivers a Holmes-like explanation in short order.
But a funny thing happens before she can leave the campus with another victory in hand: she sees a ghost.
With school out for the term, Florence explores the case while sharing the oversize manor with only a sad schoolmarm (Imelda Staunton, whose worried performance brings mystery and gravitas to the setting), a war-wounded history teacher (Dominic West), a nasty handyman and a student, Tom, who must stay through the holiday since he can’t join his parents in India.
Instead of indulging in a long string of creep-out scenes, Awakening treats its scares like clues in a mystery while its detective — suffering from wartime emotional baggage and the shock of finding herself on the other side of the “I know what I saw!” equation — struggles to keep it together. It’s not the most challenging part she has played, but the actress takes it seriously enough that we do, too.
The puzzle’s solution borrows, though not too blatantly, from some more distinctive ghost movies, and Murphy’s handling of the denouement may leave viewers unsure they understand exactly what happened. But with beautiful cinematography from Eduard Grau, restrained use of effects, and acting much better than it had to be, The Awakening gives thriller fans more than they’re trained to expect.”
The original article can be read at The Hollywood Reporter
The Awakening is scheduled to be released in cinemas on August 17th 2012.
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