The Awakening Reviews
This is also a very complex portrait of a woman struggling with control. She's trapped by fear and unbelief, and in the end we don't get closure, but we're happy that she did.
90% of the movie go by very predictably, with an interesting twist at the ending. Sadly, the director then wasn't quite sure how far to take that twist, and ended up ruining it. Nothing to write home about, except for the very interesting twist of the sexes in the first half of the movie: Rebecca Hall plays an educated smoker who at one point even wears men's clothing. Sadly, the other characters appear unphased by anything but her education, which has the movie missing out on one of it's strongest points. This is further extended when we see Hall's character spying on a naked man exiting a bathtub. This switch in tropes had my hopes very high, only to be let down when everything switched back to the same old halfway through. The formerly strong woman becomes a scared wreck in need of saving from the tough man, they fall in love, have sex, que big twist and rushed ending. The few cinematographic and storytelling high-points of the whole film are sadly ruined shortly after being built up, with the director apparently feeling the need to "explain" every single thing to us. More trust in the intelligence of the viewers and a departure from overused tropes would have made this movie one of a kind. As it stands, it's nice entertainment with a few cool shots.