Awake: awesome review for falling asleep at the end of the world on Netflix


Netflix’s new sci-fi production is trying to pull us out of the too sweaty spring sluggishness to be honest. Awake directed by Mark Raso deserves to wake up to some chills worthy of its name?

This unexplained phenomenon causes power outages worldwide and drastically changes human physiology. No one on Earth can fall asleep, and therefore find some form of rest. As society quickly slips into a state of generalized dementia, a mother whose daughter can still sleep tries to protect her family. There are so many Awake starting points , as exciting as they are evocative . Indeed, if indeed the question here is about an apocalyptic journey, and the mechanics are akin to a pandemic or infected movie, there is a stimulating nuance.

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Quite simply because the concept of planetary insomnia is so worrisome, for those who have experienced the precarious effects of stasis caused by a simple sleepless night. So, witnessing the exponential degradation of social relations, the impossibility of completing tasks including some of the simplest, contribute to making the situation described in this simple science fiction film extremely depressing.

There are no undead, no infected people drooling on our lips… but, at every street corner, at the slightest turn of dialogue, men and women are a little more tired, unable to contain themselves, preyed upon by the exhaustion that engulfs them. extraordinary , which definitely borders on delirium. The idea is meaningful, clear and has gruesome things that are quickly palpable, like the unstoppable mechanics, which also wouldn’t do without resurrecting The Night of the Living Fools and its remake, The Incredible Crazies.

Let’s add that the scenario, if it doesn’t always know when to put the cards down (one thinks specifically of the shabby stale spins of the first reel, at the all-too-obvious turn of dialogue), saves some really lovely moments. Whether it’s the tension that fuels a seemingly harmless religious community, whose pastor is on the verge of turning himself into yogurt (worrying Barry Pepper), gradually losing control or the disaster caused by pine cones, we’re witnessing some good discoveries.

These good ideas are appreciated even more when the interpretation is generally good, or even very good. Gina Rodriguez holds her role throughout, cliché on paper, a brave mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Finn Jones deserves a rather unexpected score as a well-meaning scientist.of horror.

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And luckily this bad company is having a good time, because Mark Raso’s camera and his brother Joseph’s dialogue do everything to keep us off the screen. It’s quite simple, as it is, Awake aligns almost all of the technical and conceptual flaws that have become the hallmark of Netflix productions. The stylistically forced numbers in this bogus sequence shooting mode mimic craftsmanship the project never achieved, all of which often ring wrong, or are hollow.

Blame it on the tragically generic filmmaking, we never really understood where the story came from. Does Raso really want to focus so long on the intricacies of family dramas that even the characters seem as poised as their last spike in sebum? Why film such flattering dialogue as the one-legged-inspired obituary chronicle of the one-legged scaler?

As it stands, the whole gives off an all-too-frequent feeling of autopilot, as if, despite the delays caused by the pandemic, Awake has been produced like a loose cable, on a forced march, and without ever taking advantage of good motivated ideas. and players.