Reviewed at AFM, “Wake” stars Bijou Phillips (“Nearly Well-known”) as offbeat Carys Reitman, an emotionally remoted younger girl who usually attends funerals of strangers. When she meets a person who’s mourning the misplaced of his fiancée, she connects with him and his ache, solely to find that maybe she’s not the one one with a darkish secret.
Within the opening scene, she lies on the mortician’s desk seemingly useless as Shane, performed by Danny Masterson, applies make-up. The scene units the tone of this film, a unusual romantic/comedy that travels by a quandary of mishaps and escalating pretenses. It is an satisfying experience, even when contrived and manipulated.
At one fateful funeral, she unexpectedly meets Tyler (Ian Somerhalder). There she is pulled into his world by the love and admiration he has for his now departed girlfriend. Later when Carys reaches into the coffin and holds the hand of the useless woman, the woman’s engagement ring falls off in Carys’ hand. Tyler enters and Carys pretends to be a pal of the useless woman whereas attempting to cover the ring. Thus begins a sequence of deceptions and a really precarious romance.
Whereas the idea is partaking, the execution of the story might have been higher. In most good films the story evolves by the characters’ needs and actions, this one seems grounded in getting the shot slightly than the efficiency. It seldom comes off the display screen as being alive and actual. One of many elements lacking is the internal struggles of the characters. How they react to the perils of dying, new friendships, distrust, and falling in love. At occasions, conditions appear contrived for the sake of plotting. As an alternative, I wished to see these natural moments of reflection, anticipation, moments of resolution and indecision. What we get is principally floor appearing and little of what is churning beneath.
Bijou Phillips performs her position because the attractive, candy, humorous, and quirky gal whose concept of a enjoyable is hanging out with the bereaved. You would possibly name it coffin relationship. She’s comfy in black, nevertheless it additionally shields her secret, the funeral she by no means had. Danny Masterson performs Shane, the mortician, a detailed pal of Carys. By serving to her acquire entrée to funerals, he places his job is in jeopardy. Ian Somerhalder portrays Tyler, the mourner turned love curiosity, and does so with effectively positioned foreshadowing disguising his true motives. Jane Seymour performs Carys’ estranged mom and carries a burden of her personal. Marguerite Moreau is Carys’ well-traveled roommate looking for love in all of the flawed locations.
Manufacturing credit are first-rate and the enhancing and sound are each professionally finished. Music intercuts in style songs with primarily digital scoring. Movie was shot in and round Los Angeles and the manufacturing had its world première because the Opening Night time movie on the Cinequest Movie Competition in San José, California.
CREDITS: Bull Market Leisure Presents A Hal Schwartz Manufacturing, An Ellie Kanner Movie “Wake” starring: Bijou Phillips, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Danny Masterson, and Marguerite Moreau. Directed by Ellie Kanner; Written by Lennox Wiseley; Produced by Hal Schwartz, Invoice Shraga, & Lennox Wiseley; Director of Pictures – Gavin Kelly; Editor – Naveen Singh; Casting by Loran Johnson; Manufacturing Designer – Travis Zariwny; Costume Designer – Laura Galli; Music Supervisor – Michael Becker; Music by Brad Segal. Rated R. 97 minutes. Accessible on DVD.