Awake Review – Does it Put You to Sleep or Have Your Attention?

May 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

The latest US drama to hit the UK screens is Awake, and stars the wonderful Jason Issacs who most people will know as Lucious Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies.

In the opening five minutes you’ll be completely perplexed by the story, and it takes about twenty minutes or more to really get a grasp on it. So, let me break it down for you. LAPD Detective, Michael Britten (Issacs), is stuck in two parallel universes – one where his son is dead but his wife is alive, and one where his wife is dead and his son is alive. Britten also visits two different psychiatrists who both try to convince him that they are real people. Confused?

Once you’ve got your head around the complicated plot, you’ll be hooked in. The idea is ingenious and different, and it’s not hard to see why the joint production companies, 20th Century Fox and Teakwood Lane Productions, picked it up.

The acting is also superb. Issacs has an excellent American accent and is a professional scene stealer. BD Wong, most famous as Father Ray Mukuda in Oz, is also an excellent introduction and his relationship with the detective is compelling viewing. It also features Wilmer Vanderrama, you may know him as Fez from That 70s Show, and he is surprisingly good.

As pilots go, this is intriguing and I’ll definitely be tuning in for the next episode. While I can’t see it hooking me in quite like Homeland, I think it’s definitely worth a watch.

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