Ending Defined is a recurring sequence during which we discover the finales, secrets and techniques, and themes of attention-grabbing films and exhibits, each new and outdated. This time, we’re as much as discuss and clarify the ending of the Netflix film Awake.
Don’t you hate it while you simply can’t go to sleep, for the lifetime of you? Nicely, that’s mainly the plot of Mark Raso’s Awake — however magnified just a bit bit. The movie (reviewed right here) begins with a catastrophic occasion that wipes out all electronics and renders all of humanity unable to sleep. As soon as catastrophe strikes, retired soldier Jill (Gina Rodriguez) jumps into motion to guard her household from the rising chaos. However when her daughter Matilda (Ariana Greenblatt) reveals that she will sleep, the kid turns into a goal of the crazed lots, and Jill should shield her in any respect prices.
Determined for solutions, Jill brings Matilda and her son Noah (Lucius Hoyos) on a street journey to a navy base referred to as the Hub. There, she says, she’ll let Matilda assist scientists discover a remedy to the medical anomaly that’s slowly killing everybody. However as soon as Jill arrives on the Hub, it turns into clear that she by no means meant to offer Matilda away within the first place. As an alternative, she approaches an outdated lady whom scientists are conducting exams on — the one recognized particular person, moreover Matilda, who can sleep — and begs for her assist. At this level, Jill is working below the belief that everybody besides Matilda and the outdated lady will die of sleep deprivation inside days and even hours. So, she asks the outdated lady to care for Matilda as soon as everybody else is gone, understanding her daughter won’t be able to fend for herself.
Because the complete world has been awake for a few weeks now, issues aren’t precisely going easily on the Hub. The safety guards start to hallucinate an invasion, and all hell subsequently breaks unfastened. Noah makes an attempt to chop the facility to make it simpler for him and his household to cover, however he’s electrocuted and briefly dies within the course of. The following morning, he wakes up and tells Matilda he had been asleep. The 2 shortly uncover there’s a similarity between them — they each died and got here again to life after the catastrophic occasion as Matilda had briefly drowned in a river firstly of the disaster — and now they will each sleep. Coincidence? I feel not.
And so, they’ve found the remedy. Nicely, they’re hopeful they’ve, or else they’re about to drown their mom for no cause. Matilda and Noah drag a near-dead Jill to the river and submerge her head underwater. She struggles, however they’re assured they’re proper right here. They pull her lifeless physique out of the water, carry out CPR, and because the display screen goes black, we hear a puff. Jill is awake.
Although some viewers had been seemingly upset by the truth that Awake ends earlier than what’s going to presumably be some main motion, (in the event you take into account killing all the planet and bringing them again to life motion, that’s), Raso’s selection to go away the movie off on an ambiguous observe needs to be seen as a intelligent one (for a filmmaker hoping to safe a multi-picture cope with Netflix).
There are three actual choices as to what might occur after the credit roll. One, Matilda and Noah efficiently convey their mother again to life the place she’s now in a position to sleep, and the three of them proceed to share the remedy with others. Two, the youngsters convey Jill again, however far too many individuals are already useless from sleep deprivation. Or, in the event you’re actually cynical, they fail at reviving Jill and are left to fend for themselves in a tousled world. Now, the primary choice ties everything off neatly, albeit with a protracted street forward involving convincing folks to die in the event that they need to reside, however the different two are excellent sequel bait. Who wouldn’t need to see these two films?
If Netflix decides to develop the Awake Cinematic Universe, the momentum of the high-stakes survival mentality of the movie will undoubtedly proceed in a sequel. Maybe we’ll get to see characters we’ve grown to root for as they try to climate the weather alone in an Omega Man kind scenario.
Along with doubtlessly establishing a killer sequel, the ending of Awake comes with some stunning deeper meanings. Christianity is current from the start of the movie. Noah and Matilda’s grandmother (Frances Fisher) routinely take them to church, so Christian beliefs are embedded within the children’ psyches. However when Matilda by accident reveals to churchgoers that she will sleep, they instantly demand she be provided up as a blood sacrifice. Of their sleep-deprived minds, that is the remedy. This younger woman should be sacrificed, similar to Christ on the cross.
However ultimately, the reply to the issues is just not sacrifice; it’s resurrection. And though loss of life is concerned within the remedy, it isn’t the killing that’s vital, however the bringing again to life. This may be interpreted as an earthly cleanse, or maybe it’s merely a unique interpretation of the Bible, one which emphasizes the significance of life over bodily and religious sacrifice.
Regardless of the reply is, it’s protected to say that Awake ends on a optimistic observe. It emphasizes the significance of household and means that good issues occur if we stick to those we love. It additionally praises energy, perseverance, and bravado, and permits us to mirror on this previous 12 months — a 12 months the place all of us endured a real-life catastrophic occasion in our personal means.