Awaken (2015) **
D: Mark Atkins
C: Jason London, Natalie Burn, Daryl Hannah, Michael Copon, Michael Paré, Vinnie Jones, Christa Campbell, Robert Davi, Daz Crawford, Edward Furlong, David Keith, Augie Duke, Mykayla Sohn
Plot Synopsis: A random group of people wake up on an Island where they are being hunted down in a sinister plot.
Review: A hybrid of various movies such as Hostel, Turistas & Surviving the Game, Awaken involves a group of people who wake up on a deserted island not knowing how or why they were placed on this island. The characters size one another up. They try to figure out what's going on. They make an attempt to escape and then a motive for what's happening is revealed.
When the motive comes into play is when things begin to pick up. No new ground is broken, but at least this results in a much needed shot of momentum. The production values are sleek. An all star cast goes for the theatrics with Jason London being a particular standout in a ruthlessly slimey performance. Daryl Hannah POPS on screen, but that's mainly as a result of her costuming. There's a few pulsating moments, at least one unexpected plot development. However, it still can't escape the shadow of the film's that inspired it.
It's not as tantalizingly violent or as gratuitously funny as Hostel. It lacks the vivid sense of being in an unfamiliar place such as Turistas or the B-movie energy of Surviving the Game. Those films took generic material and did something memorable with it. Awaken is competently executed and certainly watchable, but it rehashes what's already been done without bringing anything distinctive to the proceedings. [R] 89 minutes.
AKA: A Perfect Vacation
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