Waking the Dead Reviews

  • Dec 13, 2015

    A beautiful and underrated movie!

    A beautiful and underrated movie!

  • Feb 22, 2015

    Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly are lovers and ideological antagonists in this haunting romantic drama that was vastly overlooked by audiences and critics. Crudup is a political idealist and opportunist driven to run for Congress; Connelly is an outspoken social activist killed by a car bomb. Connelly's death haunts Crudup years later - he can't let go of her and has hallucinations that she's still alive. (Thankfully, it's never spelled out whether or not the hallucinations are real.) This is an intelligent, emotional modern romance that makes us understand how two people with different political beliefs can still be in love. Crudup and Connelly are both superb in career best performances. Connelly is so smart and beautiful and passionate it's easy to see why Crudup would go a bit crazy. There is a wonderful scene where Crudup has a nervous breakdown at a restaurant with his family, following an election, which is heartbreaking. At times, the use of flashbacks muddles the temporal sequence but never in detriment. Written by Robert Dillon, based on the book by Scott Spencer. Directed by Keith Gordon. With Hal Holbrook, Janet McTeer, Paul Hipp, Molly Parker, Sandra Oh, and Ed Harris.

    Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly are lovers and ideological antagonists in this haunting romantic drama that was vastly overlooked by audiences and critics. Crudup is a political idealist and opportunist driven to run for Congress; Connelly is an outspoken social activist killed by a car bomb. Connelly's death haunts Crudup years later - he can't let go of her and has hallucinations that she's still alive. (Thankfully, it's never spelled out whether or not the hallucinations are real.) This is an intelligent, emotional modern romance that makes us understand how two people with different political beliefs can still be in love. Crudup and Connelly are both superb in career best performances. Connelly is so smart and beautiful and passionate it's easy to see why Crudup would go a bit crazy. There is a wonderful scene where Crudup has a nervous breakdown at a restaurant with his family, following an election, which is heartbreaking. At times, the use of flashbacks muddles the temporal sequence but never in detriment. Written by Robert Dillon, based on the book by Scott Spencer. Directed by Keith Gordon. With Hal Holbrook, Janet McTeer, Paul Hipp, Molly Parker, Sandra Oh, and Ed Harris.

  • May 23, 2014

    very under rated. Billy Crudup is amazing in this film.

    very under rated. Billy Crudup is amazing in this film.

  • Mar 26, 2014

    A beautiful film and a beautiful love story. It really moved me.

    A beautiful film and a beautiful love story. It really moved me.

  • Feb 08, 2014

    Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly in political drama that has them in love but on different sides of the fence philosophically.

    Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly in political drama that has them in love but on different sides of the fence philosophically.

  • Jan 21, 2013

    An amazing drama and heartfelt romance. Totally compelling and captivating. Keith Gordon is a genius.

    An amazing drama and heartfelt romance. Totally compelling and captivating. Keith Gordon is a genius.

  • Nov 30, 2012

    So touching, a movie about how love can go through everything and still last.

    So touching, a movie about how love can go through everything and still last.

  • Feb 27, 2012

    Very haunting. A movie to make me miss someone so badly though he/she knew it'd never come true again.

    Very haunting. A movie to make me miss someone so badly though he/she knew it'd never come true again.

  • Feb 08, 2012

    fucking haunted movie with a great performance from billy

    fucking haunted movie with a great performance from billy

  • Oct 26, 2011

    Billy (Dr.Manhattan from Watchmen) Crudup plays a middle-class American who is persuing a career in politics in order to make the world a better place. His girlfriend's approach is to get directly involved in rescuing people from persecution. This film explores the dilema of trying to make the world a better place without losing your own chance at happiness. A minor jem where Jennifer Connelly shines as usual! A slow-paced and intelligent film which suggests flaws with all forms of politics.

    Billy (Dr.Manhattan from Watchmen) Crudup plays a middle-class American who is persuing a career in politics in order to make the world a better place. His girlfriend's approach is to get directly involved in rescuing people from persecution. This film explores the dilema of trying to make the world a better place without losing your own chance at happiness. A minor jem where Jennifer Connelly shines as usual! A slow-paced and intelligent film which suggests flaws with all forms of politics.