Playing like an extended episode of the Twilight Zone director Joby Harold’s Awake certainly has an intriguing hook but it sounds much better in concept than in execution. Instead of a nail-biting psycho-thriller we’re left with a rather lame rendition of a wannabe Hitchcock movie where our hero becomes nothing more than a bystander with no method to affect those around him. This completely robs the film of any sort of palpable tension a fact not at all helped by expository sequences that basically spell out the plot in hand-held fashion and a cast that is reduced to shameless mugging and bouts of overacting. Real life medical staff are going to cringe watching the blatant disregard for hygiene and proper surgical procedure whereas audiences will groan as the plot spirals out of control.
I have always been a sucker for space opera. From my earliest recollections I can remember being drawn to these adventures like a moth to a flame. Movies and TV shows like Star Trek and its many incarnations, Star Wars, Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato), Robotech, Seaquest DSV, Babylon 5, Gundam, Battlestar Galactica the list goes on. I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of exploring space especially when it is well developed and expansive in franchises such as Trek. Without sounding trite it truly is the final frontier.