The Awakening details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Isaac Hempstead Wright|
|Genres:||Horror - Ghosts/Supernatural, Thriller - Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Collections:||2012's Top Films, Best of HD, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Captivating Horror, Enter at your own peril, Evil and/or Dead, Evil Residents, Exclusive!|
|1hr 42 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 42 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Andy Gibbons from LOVEFiLM
Tense, unsettling and sometimes jump-out-of-your-seat scary, The Awakening is the sort of movie that will give you chills without really trying.
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A must-see for lovers of the supernatural genre, and a genuinely very good film in its own rightBy roncoach (365 reviews) from suffolk , 11 Nov 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a way-above-average supernatural thriller. I admit to a bias, as I enjoy this genre, but find so few ----and those I do find are not often worth the effort.
This one, though, is a very good film. It has suspense; indeed it has a few 'jump in your seats' scenes. And, although it is an overused word , the film is 'atmospheric' to a high degree.
It follows our heroine, a good actress who is going to be a big star if she continues to use the same self-effacing charm and underacting unselfishness as she uses in this film. It follows her on a quest up't north to a strange, eerie boarding school where there are strange goings-on : not very original, I hear you say, and yes, the storyline is far from unique. But that never stops so many films of every genre from 'standing out from the crowd' if it works well as a film in itself, whether the plot sounds hackneyed or not. This film falls into the latter category.
The 'feel' of the era it is set in makes a huge difference to me when I watch any film not set in the present day : and this movie pleases me with its genuine post WWI 'feel' ( not that I was around then, so I can't verify it LOL; but you know what I mean : for example, medieval dramas either capture the period 'feel' or they do not; and viewers sense it even though they can have no idea of what the actual 'feel' was in reality. Gosh, that was boring....how did I get on to that unnecessary 'aside' ??? Sorry.
Back to 'The Awakening'..............it is full of atmosphere and chills, set in a great location for this genre of film, filmed well in 'shady' eerie photography which it needs, has good performances from the small cast, and will keep viewers watching in suspense right up to the end......and the ending is better than some ruinous endings which seem to get attracted to the supernatural genre of films.
Bet you enjoy it :)))) Recommended.
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Scary but a satisfactory endingBy a customer , 18 Mar 2013Good film, described I think as horror but I would disagree with that category. Spooky and scary, yes, but not horror. Keeps you guessing almost until the end. Well worth a watch.
A must seeBy a customer , 12 Mar 2013I loved this film, made me jump. I wondered what the connection was from the little boy to the main creator. An brilliant British film.
Good chiller, worth a watchBy TheRealRCM (4 reviews) , 12 Mar 2013One of the better British products in this genre in recent years. I am a big fan of this particularly genre, although very discerning. This film was atmospheric, had enough jolts and suspense to keep me going, yet which combined to the surprising, but effective close to the film. If, like me, you like your films to be slow burning and atmospheric with the right dash of suspense dropped in then this is definitely worth viewing.
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Good twistsBy a customer , 11 Mar 2013Good film of its type, few good twists, was not expecting to enjoy it but i did. Worth a watch
Worth a watchBy a customer , 10 Mar 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film was awesome. An awesome story with and wicked twist at the end. What made it most tense and scary was the combination of sound and sudden appearence of the haunter of the house. Without the sound, the film would be useless, would not be scary and would not be tense what so ever. The lighting was ok, to be fair, I think normal light is a good thing in this film, it made it more realistic so therefore made it more scary. It's difficult to predict when you're about to be scared because the appearence of the haunter and the sound is so sudden at parts it makes it terrifying, but in saying that, sometimes we know what's about to come due to slow build up of the sound and then a sudden scream from the main protagonist or noise of someone/something else happening in the house. Still, it builds tension and is a good way to scare it's audience. All in all this film is worth watching and tension rises pretty high at points