Awaken Movie Review
Written by Steven Wood
Released by Arc Entertainment
Directed by Mark Atkins
Written by Mark Atkins, Natalie Burn, Scott Martin, Ryan Priest and Michael Thomas Slifkin
2015, 89 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on July 7th, 2015
Natalie Burn as Billie
Jason London as Rich
Robert Davi as Quentin
Daryl Hannah as Mao
Vinnie Jones as Sarge
David Keith as Walsh
Billie is among a small group whom has woken on a strange island, with no implication as to why. Observed and occasionally hunted by men dressed in military fatigues, they must survive and escape the island before they meet their grisly end.
Brief synopsis sounds promising, right? Kind of reminds me of the Ice-T classic, Surviving the Game, but too bad Awaken does not live up to its own plot. While a group of people do wake up on a mysterious island, they aren’t hunted, and only a couple of them die. Instead, what plays out is something far less interesting and holds no mystery to speak.
The small group of “survivors”, as I’ll call them, is led by a man named Quinten, who comes off as the typical chiseled older man who is experienced in the ways of the landscape. The others are forgettable, including a puffy yet familiar voiced character played by none other than Edward Furlong of Terminator 2 fame. The cast and their acting abilities are questionable at best, and even some of the veteran actors could not save this convoluted script.
The story, for lack of a better word, is utter nonsense. We quickly learn that the inhabitants of the island are to be used as organ donors. Alright, well who came up with the genius idea to do this type of work on a presumably private island? Wouldn’t it be just as effective to kidnap, harvest and then kill the person near where they were abducted? Maybe the purpose of the island compound is to attract higher caliber clientele still doesn’t answer the question as to why they’re allowed to run around freely and have a chance to revolt.
With all of the problems I’ve mentioned, there are still a couple of things that save Awaken from completely bombing. The first is Jason London, who is one of the few cast members taking this for what it is – a “B movie”. Including Vinnie Jones in any movie bumps up the score at least half a point, same goes for David Keith; both of whom had the best acting chops out of the bunch. The other thing that makes Awaken tolerable is that it isn’t to be taken too seriously, and it seems the director intended on this, though not all of the actors are aware of the film’s intention. I wouldn’t say it’s a good movie, but it's not bad either; it’s somewhere right in the middle and would surely get a few laughs out of the right viewer, even though this isn’t a comedy.