Instead of delving into the many psychological ramifications of sleep deprivation, Awake devolves into a stupid spin-off of The Walking Dead, with the exception that the individuals who succumb to cruelty and mayhem are insane rather than zombies. The conflict between faith and science is merely superficial, with no thought-provoking content, and it plays out exactly as predicted, with no emotional impact. Jill is torn between what she should do (her son Noah is persuaded that taking Matilda to the scientists is the best course of action) and her desire to see her children live at all costs. On paper, that sounds like it may conjure up some organic intensity, but the most of the scenes here aren’t that intense. IMDB
In one of the more interesting scenes, the group meets a kindly escaped convict, portrayed by Shamier Anderson, who is eager to aid them as long as their paths cross. From all the seriousness, which generally consists of mother and children disagreeing about what to do next, his carefree demeanor gives some comical relief. Joe also goes out of her way to teach Matilda how to handle firearms and drive automobiles, which seems a little wrong, even in light of the environment they currently live in. Regardless, Matilda lacks it, but she isn’t given enough attention to grow as a compelling figure.