Maud Hill: There's no place on earth people understand loneliness better than here.
"All the children are gone... except one."
The Awakening is less of a horror film than one would be led to believe. However, its horror elements are pretty well done. For one, the setting is magnificent. An old and extremely large former home, that has been made into a boarding school is the setting of the story and it looks great on the inside and out. Also, while the atmosphere seemed a little low-key for the setting and story, there was still that feeling of helplessness. The best piece of the horror elements is the character Maud though, and how we perceive her at different parts of the movie. Also, the actress who plays her couldn't look creepier.
Florence is a woman whose life is disproving ghost stories. She's even written a book called "Seeing Through Ghosts." When a man named Robert shows up at her home and tells her about the ghost troubles in his boarding school, she leaves with him to investigate. Once there, she meets an admirer and the schools "nanny," Maud. As she investigates the house she thinks she has pinpointed the culprit in this case, but when all the children leave except for one, she's left feeling like she hasn't figured it out quite yet.
While, The Awakening has its share of problems, it's still a well done, if messy film. The messiness comes in spurts and when it's messy, it's really fucking messy. Somehow though, it all seems to clean itself up by the end of the film and I was left oddly satisfied, when similar endings have left me disappointed. Plus, Rebecca Hall in the lead as Florence is terrific as always, and also beautiful as always.
This ones worth a look if you love setting type horror films that are twisty. It isn't anything all that original, but it somehow feels like a movie type that you've never seen before. This is weird as I could name countless movies that are extremely similar, but fuck it, it was pretty good. I think this is a movie that could surprise people who give it a chance. I know I didn't expect anything from it and the only real reason I gave it a chance was because of Rebecca Hall's presence.