Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: The Awakening

While my fiancé was in China I went to the movies alone a LOT. It got to the point where I was going to see stuff… just to see it. The Awakening was one of those movies. It is set in 1921 England and is a horrible disappointment.

Title: The Awakening
Director: Nick Murphy
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton

The movie opens with this scene of people trying to do a séance… the room darkens… a crow appears to die from nothing but magical words… and then, faintly on a dusty bowl, the figure of a dead young girl appears to say hello to her crying mother. But then the lights flick on and Florence reveals that all of it is a big hoax! The girl is simply a reflection of a girl who snuck in, the candle is flickering because the wick is a long string tied to a man’s finger and the crow is revealed to be alive and well, simply hiding under the table. And so we meet Florence… a 1920’s English myth buster.


Florence is a myth buster! She goes around trying to prove to everyone that their ghosts and spirits and hauntings are all just bunk. That nothing from the afterlife is real and that we’re all alone in this world.

Pretty solid acting from everyone, especially the young boy. And the setting is amazing! It takes place in this old mansion that has incredible architecture inside and out.

It was actually a bit scary! But not BOO-cheap-scary. It was suspenseful and creepy, which is the kind of scary I enjoy. There are some images that are just downright weird and suck with me for the rest of the day.


Florence is a myth buster because she’s actually searching for someone who died in her life. So every time she busts a myth it’s not a “woo hoo science rules!” moment… it’s a “Florence goes and cries in her room” moment, which is super lame. Want. Moar. Sherlock.

The ending is supposed to be this big “ho ho ho! Didn’t see that coming, DID you!” Unfortunately it is so convoluted and takes so long to unveil that is really going on that it’s actually pretty lame. I generally love twist endings but this one was just… poorly executed.

It gets a bit dull here and there. The colors are very drab and there is no humour and the accents and beautiful so it turns into a bit of a lullaby…. I honestly nearly fell asleep in a couple of parts (which is when I googled the end to see if I could just leave and then immediately regretted doing so).

It’s definitely not something I recommend you run out and watch immediately, or ever… but if you have nothing else to do and no other movie to see it may entertain you for a little while.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 creepy doll houses.

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Katie is a graduate student from Canada studying the environment and systems theory. She also loves dinosaurs and baking cupcakes. Follow her on twitter @katiekish

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