Film #316: THE AWAKENING
3 out of 5 stars
It’s funny how films can find you when you need them most. For example, just the other day, I was bemoaning the fact that so few good ghost stories were getting made. Then, THE AWAKENING shows up in my mailbox. What we have here is a good, old fashioned spooky tale set in a boy’s school featuring all the archetypes: ghost debunker (played by Rebecca Hall) – check, frightened kids telling late night stories – check, a lantern-jawed love interest (played by Dominic West) – check… spooky housekeeper (played by HARRY POTTER’s Imelda Staunton), and the list goes on and on. Put THE AWAKENING on the shelf next to such terrific flicks as DORM, THE OTHERS, THE UNINVITED and THE ORPHANAGE. Word of warning though… the pace on this spooker is SLOW and the film ends in more of a stutter than a wam-bam finish. Completely rentable and recommended to those in need of a new riff on an old sub-genre.