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Awaken Review (2012)


Category: Romance
Actors: Corey Sevier, Jordan Ladd, Ryan Alosio, Renee Dorian
Duration: 96 min
Rated: NR

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
City of Angels (1998), Just Like Heaven (2005), The Lakehouse (2006)

The story in one sentence: A man discovers that true love goes beyond our perception and understanding, and can even survive in dreams.

Storyline: Alex (Corey Sevier) is a dreamer who runs a cafe his parents once opened, unfortunately without success. Similar to the cafe’s situation is his love life, he just can’t find the right person. On top of that his brother (Ryan Alosio) urges him to sell the business and give up the dream of their parents before they passed away. When Rachel (Jordan Ladd) walks into his shop he finally sees a light and feels an instant connection, but he is too shy to ask her out. The same day his co-worker tells him that she died in a car accident. Soon Alex starts to have strange dreams that involve Rachel. Is he dreaming her dreams? Are they connected with each other? And why do these dreams seem so real?

My review: Awaken starts off right where it should be: In Alex’s Cafe where he meets Rachel. There are no big introductions needed, so I am glad the director chose to start this way. As the story continues I got slightly confused about the dreams and their meaning. But if everything was crystal clear from the beginning why should we even continue watching? So no complaints about that either. The brother’s intentions were clear from the beginning and I don’t even think he was needed for the story to progress, but then again, it wasn’t bothering me. The acting from the two main characters was okay but the chemistry wasn’t 100% there. I kept thinking that Rachel seemed a little old for Alex, and after doing research on the actors I found out that Jordan Ladd is actually 9 years older then Corey Sevier. I am guessing the budget didn’t pay for a decent make-up team, because Jordan Ladd looked even older in some scenes. Or was that intentionally?
Awaken has a very cute story that would be even better if the actors showed more dynamic, however, it is not a bad watch if you need a little romance in your life.

My rating: 5.5/10

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