"Chaotic, Unimpressive and Grim"
What You Need To Know:
AWAKE is a rather unimpressive, chaotic movie that fails to capture the viewer’s interest. It borrows much of its plot from your average zombie thriller, with sleep-deprived humans replacing the walking dead. While it has some positive Christian, moral and patriotic elements, they are overshadowed by a strong humanist worldview involving abuse of science, nods to evolution, gory violence, excessive foul language, nudity, drug abuse, and miscellaneous immorality such as theft, breaking and entering, and dysfunctional family elements. AWAKE is an unacceptable, unpleasant and grim piece of entertainment that media-wise viewers will want to skip.
OVERVIEW REVIEW: AWAKE is an apocalyptic thriller on Netflix about an ex-soldier working as a security guard. Previously addicted to pills, Jill has lost custody of her teen-age son and ten-year-old daughter. After picking them up from her mothers-in-law for the day, power suddenly goes out everywhere. Cars stop working, and people soon find out that this unidentified catastrophe has rendered them unable to sleep. People quickly begin to feel the effects of sleep deprivation, and the world slips farther and farther into a state of insanity. When Jill realizes that her daughter, Matilda, can still sleep, she must protect her from those who want to use her to find a cure as well as prepare her to survive in this new world alone.
AWAKE is, overall, a rather unimpressive, chaotic movie that fails to capture the viewer’s interest. It borrows much of its plot from your average zombie thriller, with sleep deprived humans replacing the walking dead. When humanity slips farther and farther into insanity, chaos and violence ensue. Multiple shootings, a murder-suicide, beatings, stabbings, and people being stomped on and hung upside down from trees are just a few examples of this movie’s violent content. Viewers will even see doctor’s doing tests on a chimpanzee whose brain is fully exposed, and a cannibalistic cult attacking a car full of people. Also, around 20 naked men and women can be seen onscreen as a car drives through a nudist colony. Viewers are exposed to full behind nudity and upper nudity.
Regrettably, the violence and nudity do nearly nothing to further the plot and just seemed to be pieced into the story in a sloppy fashion. This, along with more than 40 obscenities and profanities, makes the movie full of gratuitous objectionable content that will turn away many viewers.
While AWAKE falls short of being a quality production, it does include some positive Christian, moral and patriotic elements including a man who shares his testimony of redemption from drug addict to pastor, a church family who comes together and prays after a worldwide catastrophe, the redemption and reconciliation of a mother and her two children, and a military family who lost their father/husband in the line of duty. His mother displays his service flag, and pictures honoring his service and life can be seen throughout the house.
These positive aspects add some redemptive elements to AWAKE. However, they are overshadowed by the movie’s immoral, negative content, including its strong humanist worldview. For example, the movie supports a strong belief in the power of science at the expense of human life where scientists reach a torturous level of experimentation on patients and animals. Also, despite the movie’s Christian content, there’s a lack of faith on the part of the mother and several other characters. In fact, at one, the pastor’s congregation goes crazy and wants to sacrifice the mother’s daughter. This forces them to flee.
AWAKE is an unacceptable, unpleasant and grim piece of entertainment that media-wise viewers will want to skip.