From director Mark Raso, Awake is an upcoming Netflix original that features the story of a dystopian society ensuing to a mysterious phenomenon. Along with the likes of Birdbox and A quiet place, Awake is a survival thriller and could very much incite the same amount of thrill or suspense if not more.
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Awake depicts the narrative of a society in disorder and turmoil as it loses one of the most basic human abilities: sleep. A woman must strive to keep her family alive because her daughter is the only one with this vital skill. Will she be able to fight off a demented civilization or will she succumb to the craziness as the globe and herself slide into hysteria?
In May 2019, it was revealed that Gina Rodriguez had joined the cast of the picture, which will be directed by Mark Raso from a screenplay written by him and Joseph Raso and distributed by Netflix. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper, Finn Jones, Shamier Anderson, Ariana Greenblatt, Frances Fisher, Lucius Hoyos, and Gil Bellows joined Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper, Finn Jones, Shamier Anderson, Ariana Greenblatt, Frances Fisher, Lucius Hoyos, and Gil Bellows to the cast of the film in August 2019.
Starring familiar faces like Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin, Finn Jones of Iron Fist, and Jennifer Jason Leigh of Atypical, Awake has already built up the audience by acquiring some of the most talented stars out there. The official main cast of this upcoming film includes:
- Gina Rodriguez as Jill Adams, Matilda’s mother
- Jennifer Jason Leigh
- Barry Pepper
- Finn Jones
- Shamier Anderson as Dodge
- Ariana Greenblatt as Matilda Adams, Jill’s daughter
- Frances Fisher
- Lucius Hoyos as Noah
- Gil Bellows
- Elias Edraki as Petty Officer Diaz
- Katerina Taxia as Greek Mother
Awake Release Date
The Netflix original Awake will launch on June 9, 2021, and we reckon you wouldn’t want to miss it. You can also expect a dedicated article reviewing the movie.
The trailer of awake had only recently dropped and it’s not to be slept on (see what we did there?). The trailer provides us with a brief overview of the chaotic situation and the dystopia it had created. Jill and Noah spend a restless night in the trailer, watching shooting stars that turn out to be satellites descending from the sky. The next day, they discover that all electronic equipment on the planet has failed, and anarchy ensues.
To add to the panic, whatever has caused this technical disaster has also resulted in humanity’s inability to sleep. The symptoms of sleeplessness worsen over time: confusion, hallucinations, and hysteria. However, Matilda, the only person on the planet who can still get a complete 8 hours of sleep, maybe the key to humanity’s survival.
Check out the trailer below, it only contributes to the already built up hype.
Awake Director’s Message
Despite the fact that the film is set in a future without gadgets or sleep, Raso believes it has a message of optimism. “I think behind it all, I was attempting to make a more hopeful film,” he says. “In this film, my core theme is that the planet may require a reset.” Everyone needs to take a step back and take a fresh look at the world.
I have a strong feeling that today’s youngsters will be the ones to lead the way. That, in my opinion, was the central theme of the picture. It’s actually about this small child who can sleep, the new world that’s upon us, and the hope that she represents, even if it doesn’t feel like it.”