The premise of Awake is new and creative, but co-writer/director Mark Raso’s execution (based on a narrative by Gregory Poirier and scribing alongside Joseph Raso) depends on one too many apocalyptic sub-genre cliches that gradually overshadow that novelty. Gina Rodriguez plays Jill, a working-class mother who works night shifts at a hospital while also stealing and selling zombie medicines to onlookers. Matilda (Ariana Greenblatt) and Noah (Finn Jones), Jill’s two children, live with their grandma as she deals with everything from financial issues to PTSD. Such living circumstances are no longer relevant, as a worldwide power outage happens one day when Jill is driving the kids about.
Matilda, the little girl, is an exception to this rule, as she is still able to fall asleep. This leads to a power struggle between religious groups like churches and scientists (who already have at least one individual who is untouched by the worldwide catastrophe) who want to explore and seek a cure. Jill, on the other hand, has a skepticism of scientific procedures based on her previous experience working with Dr. Murphy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and experiencing various forms of torture in the name of psychology. She also despises the trigger-happy zealots who see her kid as a sacrificial gift to bring mankind back to normalcy. IMDB