The Awakening, a 2011 British horror film, received rave reviews at the famous film festival in Tornoto, the Tornonto International Film Festival. Critics have praised the film for its talented actors, a rarity they say in 21st century horror films. Staring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton, The Awakening preys in that non-believer in all of us.
The year is 1921 and ghost-fanatics are abundant and fast becoming a trend in England. Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) has made a living out of proving these phantom-fanatics wrong through a series of logical, rational explanations for all the strange occurrences that people blame on the dead.
Her next job is in the English countryside town of Rockwell at a boarding school. A boys recent death has led officials and circles and people are under the impression that it was committed by someone not of this world. Soon though, as she is about to depart, her own faith is tested as everything she has once believed is shattered in minutes.
Directed by Nick Murphy, The Awakening has had commercial success in England, the U.S. and Italy. Horror movies can usually get caught in the shuffle of cheap scare-tactics and bad acting, but The Awakening is a much-needed refreshment from the everyday horror flick.