Movies, television shows, and novels about humanity struggling with a suddenly mysterious destructive phenomenon are becoming so common that it may be useful to summarize a general term for such strangeness. Borrow the title of one will give an example gives us an inexplicable global event or UGH. While the characters will think long and hard about the origins or nature of UGH, there is generally no specific answer; the dramatic emphasis is on survival, trauma, or both. Such tales invariably enjoy an exciting what-if? a hook that wants to learn more. Tracking is often unstable.
wake up serves dual UGH – an instantaneous event that somehow leads to two disastrous results. (A line of dialogue tries to shake hands; individual cessation of disbelief will vary.) While returning home one ordinary day, Jill (Gina Rodriguez), a former military officer who temporarily lost custody of his two children due to a drug conviction, he suddenly loses control of his car, along with seemingly every other driver on the road. Her immediate crisis involved running away from the vehicle with her children (who were visiting with her) as it sank to the bottom of the lake, but she and the rest of the world soon discovered that any electronic device had become inoperable, ending the digital era in one fell swoop. There is no time to consider the enormous impact that a general power outage would have on society, as this particular UGH also fry human chains: Jill can’t sleep tonight, nor does anyone else show up the next day. Which is a bit of a problem, as non-sleeping mammals will die within a few weeks.
This is a sufficiently elegant premise attributed to Gregory Poirier (who had previously invented the less ingenious story of National Treasure: A Book of Secrets). wake upHowever, the script was written by director Mark Rasso and his brother Joseph, who are so quick to generate tension that they don’t let the idea breathe. Almost everyone has experienced insomnia at some point, and while it would definitely be embarrassing to learn that no one else slept last night – especially in connection with a power outage – at least two nights of collective staring at the ceiling will probably be needed before civilization begins. to collapse. Instead, a religious cult immediately develops around Jill’s young daughter, Matilda (Ariana Greenblatt), one of only two famous people for whom unconsciousness remains an option. The crazy people in the church want to sacrifice her (why this would appease God is not clear, since they also treat her as the Chosen One); understandably, the military wants to study it in the hope of finding a cure. Jill, on the other hand, just wants to protect her children and wake up becomes a saga of a mother’s redemption.
Rodriguez works hard to make this personal angle captivating, showing the ferocity of a mother bear, but the ultra-dark background of the film does not cooperate. After a while, Jill becomes convinced – not without reason – that most of humanity, including herself and her teenage son, Noah (Lucius Hoyos), is doomed and seeks to find others a man who can still sleep, hoping that this random old woman will raise Matilda after everyone else is dead. In other words, Jill wants to entrust her child to someone else – the very situation she was in when the movie began. Similarly, the implication of humanity’s need to start over, which at one point is voiced by a dude (Shamier Anderson) who advocates the ignition of all libraries so that humanity gets rid of the horrible ideas, competes with UGH is so horrible that even the guardedly optimistic ending of the film mostly just inspires the question “Okay, but now what?” (In other words, and keeping things unclear, wake upthe best case scenario is roughly where the middle post-apocalyptic film begins.)
The Rasso brothers throw a few witty touches, because when Jill, after finding a car that is old enough to keep working (ie that is devoid of electronics), has to go around a group of naked people standing in the middle of the road , staring at the horizon – obviously supporters of some other instabilities about which we otherwise learn nothing. And the film has a memorable third act, overcoming the paranoia and hallucinations that people really experience after several consecutive days without sleep (although it’s a little convenient for this to escalate for everyone at once, as if a timer has disappeared). But the cast struggles to find far below the fast-paced surface of the text – Jennifer Jason Lee, as a military psychiatrist, sleep disorder specialist and accidentally Jill’s former boss, looks bored with his skull – and in the end there’s nothing convincing to watch. people who don’t sleep, which is 99.9% of every movie ever made (except Andy Warhol’s Sleep). You have seen better UGH.