Brillianty made with great acting by all and smooth direction with decent Jump scenes peppered thru out. Not too gory and more suspense then violence and even thu other reviewers have pointed out the twist ending it is in fact a Double twist ending and up there with the 6th sense and like the best ghost stories you never see it coming. Awesome film.
Good movie, with a twist! Little bit of suspense and jumpy moments. Storyline was interesting, however was a little odd is some parts.
Great movie - very watchable. As JeffK says seems a bit convoluted but good twist at the end - couple of nice jumpy moments but not enough to ruin the story line. Really touching scenes towards the end - I hate chick flicks - but this was quite a sweet way to finish.
As ghost stories go, The Awakening makes no excuses for sitting firmly in the ‘already been done’ category. The story itself had potential but fell short of setting itself up for the twist, like it’s cousin ‘The Haunting’ managed to accomplish. When we finally get to the last moments of the film, the twist fails splendidly at impacting on our speculations about what is actually going on. The explanations are weak and disjointed from the rest of the atmosphere of the film and the relevance of Florence’s dead lover and Robert’s scar are barely explored, begging the question as to why they were included in the first place. The jumps and lingering suspense that qualify The Awakening as a thriller/horror were done well but were too few and too spaced apart, and the general scary feel that was created must be owed to the aesthetics of the boarding house and the grounds themselves. The acting left something to be desired but was probably saved by the usual brilliant performances by Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, if only they had been given something more gripping to work with. In saying this, however, The Awakening was a very watchable movie that managed to incorporate all of the musts of a scary film.
The movie initially appears burdened with a convoluted plot but hang in there as all is revealed at the end. ‘The Awakening’ is a good thriller making the point that the living are more lethal than are ghosts. Solid performances all round, tight direction make this and clever script provide an enjoyably scary movie.
Very interesting, engaging, and twisting. I'm still not sure of what happened at the end, but maybe that's a good thing.
Intense from start to finish.
Excellent movie. Was engrossed right to the end.
Interesting movie not that scary.
The disc froze a couple of times so I may have missed some of the story trying to get it started again.
Worth a watch .
Good atmospheric ghost story. I wish they made more movies like this
This was a very clwever movie with lots of twists and turns. Not predictable at all and kept me engrossed to the end.
This movie started off really well but the end was disappointing. The 'twist' was just too far fetched. overall OK
An excellent movie, solid acting from the main characters and a good storyline that holds your attention throughout, Loved the scenery but a little dark at times, very good twist at the end BUT I did have to watch it a second time to 'get' the whole story. . . still not sure if 'Florence' was alive or meant to be a ghost at the very end? ? ? ? ?
Not a bad movie at all, keeps you guessing...wonderful costuming and set.
I think the British are a lot better at horror flicks than the Americans. Perhaps its the historical gloom and ye olde English manor houses etc. This was a very compelling story and the twist was perfectly timed to keep you interested right til the end. Dominic West is such a great actor. It had none of the outlandish craziness of more mainstream scary flicks. It was 'believable' if you will.
Enjoyable but a little misleading in some scenes when I went back to rewatch (after the big reveal in the end). I'm not a fan of using the convenience of amnesia as a central plot plank (which I've seen in at least 3 horror/ghost movies of this ilk). Well filmed and acted though.
One of the best movies I have seen in a while.
See Cindy's review below... sums it up nicely. I won't be as harsh as her, though -- still quite enjoyable, if a little protracted.
Director Nick Murphy is obviously a big fan of that British psychological-horror classic Turn Of The Screw. Unfortunately Henry James is no longer around to write screenplays and Murphy has apparently decided to make do with a convoluted and rather cliched plot - all echoing hallways, stiff upper lips and creepy children. The acting here is fine and the film well made in a technical sense - but the scares are few and far between and the plot gets progressively sillier.