An Amazing 1920s Ghost Hunters Movie, Starring The Wire's McNulty

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When we first heard about The Awakening, we weren't that impressed. But then we saw this trailer which features Rebecca Hall running around calling people charlatans and exposing phony ghost seances. It looks amazing, plus Dominic West is in it. Let's hope he gets drunk and crashes his car into a ghost.

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Here's the synopsis:

Set in post-World War I England in 1921, "The Awakening" follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall, "The Town") who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumors of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.

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DISCUSSION

The Awakening is not very good. It feels like two different movies. The first half is actually pretty decent, but the second half feels like it was written by a completely different, far less talented person. The twist at the end comes from completely left field, and wasn't satisfying at all.

The scenes of her being a skeptic and exposing phony seances IS the best part of the movie. Unfortunately all of that takes place in the first 30 minutes.