Awake movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Awake is a science fiction film about the taking of humanity’s ability to sleep. For a sci-fi global-event tale, the film is pretty average, but is also occasionally weak.


When a mysterious global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humanity’s ability to sleep, scientists race to find a cure. However, a mother discovers her young daughter is still able to sleep and may be the key to salvation.

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Movie details

Director: Mark Raso
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper, Finn Jones, Ariana Greenblatt, Shamier Anderson, Lucius Hoyos
Writer: Mark Raso, Joseph Raso
Release Date (Australia): 9 June 2021
Runtime: 96 minutes/1h 36m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong themes in the form of suicide, peril and insomnia in a science fiction context.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes scenes in which shooting and stabbing violence is depicted, accompanied by bloody spray and blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features aggressive uses of “f**k” language, as well as one use of the word “c**t”.

Drug Use (M)

There are infrequent references to the use of drugs, as well as scenes in which characters are depicted taking pills.

Nudity (M)

The film contains a scene in which breasts and buttocks are very briefly depicted.

Sex (G)

The film contains very mild sexual innuendo.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

A decent example of an average sci-fi film about a global event would be Awake, an engaging thriller only to conclude in disappointment. Despite the talented ideas throughout the film, Awake just doesn’t leave you satisfied enough to call the film “really enjoyable”. But it’s still unfair to say that this Netflix flick wasn’t good enough.

The film’s plot and ideas are both great! The film’s bright plans were obviously thought out and, to sci-fi fans especially, the story is sufficiently acceptable. Unfortunately, the film’s scheme was exhausted by the time the story started slowing down to an exciting but long-stretched climax. Without providing spoilers, the film ends satisfying, but un-assuring.

What else disintegrates it all? The performances… The acting throughout the film is totally, unexpectedly too strong. The emotions of the characters are portrayed too heavy, causing the rest of the story to fall apart.

Therefore, check out this movie if you’re a sci-fi or even a Bird Box fan. Other than the film’s design, the acting is too strong and the climax is honestly slow. It’s highly not recommended that you advance into the the great-looking story with a high anticipation, because it’s likely that the ending will leave you unsatisfied and wanting more information.

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