After a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Only Jill, an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter. The question is, can Jill safely deliver her daughter and save the world before she herself loses her mind.
- Jill: Gina Rodriguez
- Matilda: Ariana Greenblatt
- Noah: Lucius Hoyos
- Dodge: Shamier Anderson
- Dr. Murphy: Jennifer Jason Leigh
- Brian: Finn Jones
- Doris: Frances Fisher
- Dr. Katz: Gil Bellows
- Dumb Jim: Sergio Di Zio
- Pastor: Barry Pepper
- Marcy: Brigitte Robinson
- Petty Officer Diaz: Elias Edraki
- Scarred Soldier: Alex House
- Neck Tattoo: Patrick Garrow
- Lazy: Edsson Morales
- Sleeper: Joan Gregson
- Gregg: Dan Beirne
- Robert: Trevor Hayes
- Hub Technician: Shawn Ahmed
- Sheriff: Bill Lake
- Church Member: Martha Girvin
- Student Protestor: Rebecca Ablack
- Hub Nurse: Julia Dyan-Porter
- Male Nurse: Chai Valladares
- Pharmacist: Ryan Blakely
- New Researcher: Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
- Carrillo: Helen Hayden
- Military Guard: Shane Marriott
- Greek Mother: Katerina Taxia
- Clarence: Sebastian Pigott
- V.A. Nurse: Liz Adjei
- Nurse: Julia Chantrey
- Seaman Dismas: Robert Bazzocchi
- Campus Security Guard: Angel Jara
- Producer: Mark Gordon
- Production Design: Andrew M. Stearn
- Producer: Paul Schiff
- Story: Gregory Poirier
- Editor: Michele Conroy
- Casting: Rich Delia
- Producer: Matt Jackson
- Director of Photography: Alan Poon
- Writer: Mark Raso
- Sound Mixer: Glen Gauthier
- Costume Design: Michelle Lyte
- Makeup & Hair: Silvia Platsis
- Makeup Department Head: Julia Valente
- Key Makeup Artist: Alastair Muir
- Art Direction: James Oswald
- Set Decoration: Nigel Hutchins
- Writer: Joseph Raso
- Stunts: Stephannie Hawkins
- Producer: Josh Clay Phillips
- Kamurai: Really good watch, could watch again, and can recommend.
This is no “Day 5” (A Rooster Teeth series where people who fall asleep never wake again). This is more like a twisted opposite of that, but still interesting. Watching characters slowly go insane has a certain level of appeal to it when it comes to stories. It’s an onboard clock to how far the story can be pushed.
The cast does a great job of leaning into the characters and their situations, the story itself is decent, but does lean quite a bit on the concept alone.
The movie distracts from it’s main plot from being about a mom and her two kids, this creates dependencies that wouldn’t usually exist in apocalyptic survivor groups. It allows for some predictability as well as limiting in what is sensible for the characters to do.
The movie compensates well enough and the bigger problem, to me is the “special child” trope it uses.
Definitely worth a watch, and refreshing to see a somewhat innovative idea come along.
- MSB: Disaster movies are probably the closest type of film to being a “guilty pleasure” of mine. I strongly defend that every single genre has phenomenal and awful movies, all of which should be seen by audiences. Often, people ignore “bad films” as if they’re not necessary, but without them, cinephiles wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate when a gem comes around. Awake is neither, but it does feature an original idea that could have been much better explored.
Gina Rodriguez (Kajillionaire) is quite good as the worrying mother, but performances can only carry the movie until a certain point. Joseph Raso and Mark Raso’s screenplay isn’t able to develop a unique “end-of-the-world” concept in a surprising, captivating manner, following the generic plot points and predictable outcomes. Despite the short runtime, it still holds some pacing issues that unnecessarily drag the film. As with every other flick of this genre, questionable actions and events must be blindly accepted by the audience to avoid nitpicking logical issues.
It’s still somewhat entertaining due to the genre itself, but it all feels underwhelming compared to the genuinely interesting premise.
- itsogs: I have always thought of myself to be imaginative in every sense of the word, but to be perfectly honest, I didn’t see anything worth watching in this movie. I think the writer(s) have a deep level of darkness that they harbor in order to put such a movie to script. Bottom line, this movie was all about fear and darkness, a concept that the world needs less of in these troubled times.⭐